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It is with the support of the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety (MeBHS) and Director Lauren Stewart that our program continues to excel.  With the assistance of MeBHS, Maine's Intoxilyzer breath-testing sites received 90 Intoxilyzer 5000-EN instruments in 2000.   The MeBHS funding of training initiatives, supplies, program and equipment upgrades, along with the staff at the Department of Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory (HETL), is sincerely appreciated and necessary for the continued success of the program.

Thanks to Mr. Robert Morgner, chemist and Intoxilyzer Program Administrator at the Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory.  Mr. Morgner’s background and experience with the Intoxilyzer program has been crucial to the program. His continued professional oversight ensures that our high standards will be maintained into the future.

Special thanks are due to the following instructors for their hard work and oversight in the Intoxilyzer program and for their work on the program upgrades.   As senior instructors, they have worked diligently to improve program standards and ensure that the Intoxilyzer training at the academy meets those standards.   The continued support of their agencies has made it possible for them to provide oversight for the program:

Sergeant Don Finnegan of the Rockland Police Department.

Officer Robert Libby of the South Portland Police Department,

Officer Douglas Maifeld of the Rumford Police Department,

Sergeant Scot Mattox of the Portland Police Department,

Detective William Scull of the Presque Isle Police Department, and

I would also like to thank the certified Intoxilyzer instructors and site coordinators for their work in keeping our program standards consistent.  Without the diverse network of these officers, it would not be possible to maintain our certification standards statewide. 

As a group, we are all working to provide the best possible training and experience for the Intoxilyzer 5000-EN operator.  The continued success of this program as well as impaired driving programs overall, ultimately rests with the ability of the Intoxilyzer 5000-EN operator and the investigating officer.  

James A. Lyman

MCJA Training Supervisor, Impaired Driving Programs