COMPARISON OF BREATHALYSER AND BLOOD ALCOHOL READINGS

A wide variation exists in the results of blood and breath tests and it may be said that the breathalyser is an inaccurate instrument. The instrument has been found to be very accurate and reliable under laboratory conditions and in putting forward a proposal for the "under-estimation" on nearly all results by breath analysis in the field, the evidence submitted on most occasions by the "expert witness" as to the probable "over-estimation" by breath analysis appears to be unfounded. The breath test reading which is given to the court would not be detrimental to an offender even in the initial absorption stage and perhaps consideration should be given to Section 80G of the Motor Car Act being repealed and a more practical section being inserted so that justice not only appears to be done but is done. /TRRL/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • From the Autumn School of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Seminars and Workshop, Melbourne, May 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    St. Vincent's Hospital

    Department of Community Medicine, Victoria Parade
    Fitzroy, Victoria,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Thomas, J O
  • Publication Date: 1978-5

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  • Accession Number: 00300283
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Ltd.
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1979 12:00AM