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SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington State Patrol is preparing to roll out new breath-testing instruments to measure alcohol in drivers suspected of drunken driving.

The patrol says 83 next-generation instruments will be deployed for the holiday season. The agency also is asking the Legislature to fund 200 more machines.

The patrol is demonstrating the new breath-testers Wednesday at a crime lab in Seattle.

Troopers say the machines are easier to operate and maintain than the machines they are replacing, which were made in the 1980s and are no longer being manufactured.

The patrol owns and maintains all the breath testers used by police statewide.