How accurate are Breathalyzers?
Arizona has some of the nation’s strictest drunk driving laws, and if authorities charge you with drunk driving and that charge leads to a conviction, you can expect to face a wide range of potentially life-altering penalties. Often, whether your driving under the influence charge ultimately winds up leading to a conviction will depend, at least to some extent, on the results of your Breathalyzer reading, so you want to be sure that the reading it provides is correct.
According to Proctor Cars magazine, most police departments rely largely on Breathalyzers when trying to assess your level of impairment behind the wheel, but there are a number of different factors that may potentially offset the readings the devices provide. This is partly due to the fact that Breathalyzers estimate, rather than exactly measure, your blood alcohol content. Just what are some of these factors that have the potential to raise or lower your Breathalyzer reading?
If you are prone to acid reflux, or conversely, if you have blood or vomit in your mouth when a law enforcement official gives you a breath test, know that any of these elements could potentially offset the test’s results. If you have a particularly high body temperature when you take your breath test, know that this, too, has the potential to throw off the accuracy of your Breathalyzer reading.
Similarly, having certain substances in the vicinity when you take your breath test, among them paint remover, vinegar or certain cleaning chemicals, may, too, throw off the results of your Breathalyzer reading. Certain compounds you may produce in your body if you are diabetic may do the same.
This information about the accuracy of Breathalyzer devices is educational in nature and not a substitute for legal advice.