Dane County adopts new Biomarkers for intoxicated driver program

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Posted Tuesday, April 26, 2016 --- 6:02 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. -- Journey Mental Health Center and Dane County are partnering to prevent drunken drivers from getting behind the wheel before they're fully recovered.

"We're just one of five counties in Wisconsin, and as far as I know, the only state in the United States that is using this new technology to determine whether or not people are abusing alcohol," clinical abuse specialist Therese Toben said.

This new technology deals with measuring alcohol consumption by testing someone's finger nail sample.

"The Biomarker is one way to provide accountability in a humane and responsible way," Toben continued.

Experts say the tests improve accountability and even helps OWI offenders practice sobriety.

"People who go through this program successfully do not get rearrested even four years after they enroll in the program," Dr. Pamela Bean confirmed.

Through the Biomarker program, the county hopes to have more success in preventing multiple OWI offenses and reduce the number people harmed by a drunken driver.