Alcohol sensor to hit Tampa Bay beach - WFLA News Channel 8

Alcohol sensor to hit Tampa Bay beach

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MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

There is new technology on the Bay area beaches that makes it easy for police to nab you if you sneak alcohol onto the beach. A tiny alcohol sensor with one swipe over your drink can pick up if you put a little extra kick in your cup.

"You can see that came up positive for alcohol and it beeps," said Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer.

Thanks to a "Click It or Ticket" grant, Holmes Beach Police now have detectors that electronically sniff out alcohol.

"We can go up top anything when you add the alcohol to the youth it doesn't give you a more intelligent human being," said Tokajer.

Chief Tokajer is extremely proud of his stretch of beach nestled in the heart of Manatee County, and many times personally patrols up and down the coast line in a four wheeler to make sure it stays safe and family friendly.

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"There was that fight in Clearwater, a guy who was asked to leave Siesta Key because he had been drinking and then he got into an accident resulting in death, I don't want tragedies like that happening on my beach," Tokajer said.

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The alcohol detector also has a mouth piece, if someone is leaving the beach after consuming too much alcohol, police will encourage them to take the test, so they can see for themselves that getting behind the wheel is not a good idea.

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