Tiny Alcohol Detectors

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FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) -- Hoping to save a life when an Army buddy's had too much to drink, 767 soldiers and civilians on the Army's largest training post now carry personal alcohol detectors in their cars or on their key chains.

Fort Jackson's safety director has been handing out the four-inch devices since the first of the year.

Fort Jackson is one of eight Army installations that have begun using the pocket-sized detectors.

Georgia's Fort Benning, home to multiple infantry units and the service's Airborne and Ranger training schools, got 155,000 of the devices last May.

The Army, with more than 524,000 men and women on active duty, is the nation's largest military service. Besides Benning and Jackson, other installations trying out the detectors include Fort Lee, Va.; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; Fort Greeley, Alaska; Fort Sam Houston and Corpus Christie Army Depot in Texas, and Fort Dix, N.J.

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