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There are many good resons why the breath test is a good idea and should be continued being used by law enforcement officers They ensure public safety provide an instant accurate reading and reduce the amount of drunk drivers on the road However this test is not always accurate can be affected by outside factors and can be harmful to the public Thus it is unjust to have a presumably drunk driver take the test As a result the use of the breath test should be suspended until it can be made more consistent in its accurate readings also reliable as well as stricter rules on how and who calibrates the tester There are several instances in which the breath tester has failed to give accurate readings An incident occurred in one case that involved Dave Debusschere and DWI He was arrested in Long Island in July of 1986 after taking a breath analyzer test voluntarily His results were a BAC of 16 It was argued that the Breathalyzer used was antiquated unreliable and capable of being calibrated incorrectly The Breathalyzer evidence was ignored and he was found not guilty Attorney Richard Essen and his staff handle about 1000 DWI cases annually He attacks the reliability of the breath analyzer and advises that all subjects be aware of its possible inaccuracies This particular case exemplifies the possible faults which a tester can posses There are many factors which can affect a breath test itself By observing the individual for 15 minutes prior to the breath test the officer is assured the person did not put any object in their mouth belch or regurgitate all of which would effect the accuracy of the breath test Chase said There are several cases where something other than the tester affected the results An 18 year-old man tried to eat his underwear in the hope that the cotton fabric would absorb alcohol before he took a breath
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