Breathalyzer - Is it Science or Voodoo?
Law Enforcement officials are generally pleased if a driver under arrest for DUI accepts the
invitation to take the breath test. Why? Because it offers them evidence on a scientific scale
that they believe outweighs the observational evidence which led to the DUI arrest in the first
There are several scientific principles at work in an intoximeter or breath reading machine. First,
no sample is any good if the manufacturer's guidelines are not strictly followed. In fact, most
machines out there today are in operation outside of the manufacturers' limited warranty.
A local DUI Attorney can help explain the nuances of the machine, but one of the easiest ways to relate
to it is knowing that it is a computer. Everyone who has used a computer has witnessed the computer
fail or lock up. Computers aren't perfect and neither are Breathalyzers.
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