Breathalyzer tests are so widely used because of their practicality and their size. Courts have deemed them to be “reasonably accurate” and therefore, a valid way to measure a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC). However, one of the main criticisms of Breathalyzer tests is that they can occasionally give false positive results after a car accident, and this can potentially lead to a person being unfairly charged with causing an accident.
Calibration of Breathalyzer tests
Breathalyzer tests must be calibrated on a regular basis, and there are laws governing how often this should be done. If it is not calibrated, it can lead to inaccurate results. You may have a reason to believe that the test performed was inaccurate.
For example, by law, a Breathalyzer test must consistently measure two readings that are within .02 of each other. If you experienced a test that continued to produce a wide range of readings, you may be able to successfully defend yourself from a DUI charge.
If you have been involved in an accident and accused of driving under the influence as a result, it is important to take action and defend yourself.