Resuming 5 Factors that Can Impact the Accuracy of Breathalyzer Results (Pt. 1), here, we’ll continue pointing out some of the things that can affect the reliability of chemical test results administered during/after DUI stops.

More Things that Can Affect BAC Test Results

3 – The training an officer has (or lacks)

Breathalyzers can be unreliable due to these factors. When you need the best DUI defense, contact our Pueblo DUI attorneys. We can build you the strongest case.

Breathalyzers can be unreliable due to these factors. When you need the best DUI defense, contact our Pueblo DUI attorneys. We can build you the strongest case.

Although traffic officers usually undergo training regarding how to conduct DUI stops and, as a part of this, how to administer breathalyzers:

  • There may be instances when cops have not had sufficient training; and/or
  • Such training may have happened a while ago.

This, in turn, can end up meaning that officers may not always follow the proper procedures when administering breath tests and, consequently, that the results of these tests may questionable.

4 – When the test is administered

When officers pull over motorists for suspicion of drunk driving, these cops are required by law to observe motorists for at least 20 minutes prior to administering breath tests. The reason for this is that, over this time frame, officers should be making sure that these motorists have not:

  • Consumed anything
  • Belched
  • Regurgitated.

So, when breathalyzers may have been administered within 20 minutes of the stop and/or within 20 minutes of motorists having consumed anything (or belched or regurgitated), the results of these tests can again come into serious question.

5 – The medical conditions of the person taking the test

Although breathalyzers can be accurate at determining the BACs of people who have (or haven’t) been drinking alcohol, there are times that these devices can render false positives – despite the fact that these breathalyzers may be state-approved and calibrated.

In fact, when people have the following medical conditions, it can be possible for breathalyzers to render false positives for alcohol (and, consequently, inaccurate results):

  • Diabetes, as diabetics can have extremely elevated levels of acetone in their blood, and breathalyzers cannot distinguish between acetone and ethanol/alcohol
  • Asthma with inhaler use, as the use of inhalers (even ethanol-free inhalers) can still impact the results of breathalyzer tests, rendering them unreliable
  • GERD (gastrointestinal reflex disorder), which can cause people with BACs lower than the legal limit to also falsely test positive for having BACs at 0.08 or greater.

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