Friday, June 21, 2019

Breathalyzers are now being used .. again.

Massachusetts is planning to resume using breathalyzer tests as evidence in drunk driving cases, after the state’s Office of Alcohol Testing received national accreditation.
The office had been banned from using breath tests as evidence due to improper procedures used by the office, which were discovered through litigation.
“This is a significant milestone for the Lab, whose work and mission are critical to identifying and reducing impaired driving,” said Secretary of Public Safety Thomas Turco in a statement. “Massachusetts is now one of a select few states that have ANAB-accredited calibration labs, reflecting our sustained commitment to technical expertise, ethics, and integrity.” ANAB is the organization that runs the national accreditation board.


At June 21, 2019 at 1:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a joke. They are accredited but how does that insure that they are keeping the equipment correctly calibrated and in proper working condition? They messed up before and I have not seen any significant improvements in the staffing of police departments so they will mess up again I am sure.

At June 24, 2019 at 12:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can they use these to test for being under the influence of opioids? What happens to those people if this test does not work?

At June 24, 2019 at 3:47 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

no breathalyzer for opioids.... hard drugs don't act the same as alcohol does.
at least they must test the equipment to a recognized standard. That's a big deal to live by. Because all of the process is document and recorded and can be easily reviewed in cases of questionable testing methods.

At June 24, 2019 at 3:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad they got this straightend out but the question on opioids got me thinking. So many people have this issue and I am sure they are driving so what happens when a cop pulls over someone under the influenced and they appear to be fine based on the breathalizer. Does that mean they don't get charged for driving under the influence?


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