Janice Morse reports:
Jeff Meadows, a West Chester-based attorney, earns nearly all his livelihood defending people who are charged with drunken driving.
Even Richard K. Jones, the sheriff of Butler County, where Meadows mostly practices, acknowledges: “Nobody deals in more DUIs than he does.”
But Meadows has started selling a device that he hopes will put him out of business: a portable, disposable breath test.
Called “TESTorARREST,” the device is a cigarette-sized clear plastic tube that sells for $9.99 for a two-pack. After a person breathes into the tube, a chemical inside interacts with breath alcohol. If the yellow crystals inside change to an aqua color, that indicates the person’s alcohol level exceeds 0.08, Ohio’s legal limit for drivers.
People who test over the limit may use their smart phones to access www.testorarrest.com to get “instant access to a local taxi,” Meadows said.
The device’s slogan: “If you don’t pass, stay off the gas!”
“It’s very inexpensive, costing the fraction of the price of a DUI attorney,” said Meadows, who practices with the Lyons & Lyons law firm. “A few dollars now versus a few thousand later makes it a no-brainer.”
The device is packaged with a disclaimer, telling consumers that abstaining from drinking alcohol is “the only way to be 100% certain that an individual is not impaired.” (more…)