AN ANALYSIS OF THE POTENTIAL LEGAL CONSTRAINTS ON THE USE OF ADVANCED ALCOHOL-TESTING TECHNOLOGY

An analysis was made of the potential legal constraints on the use of existing and proposed devices that would be used at the roadside by police officers to measure driver's blood alcohol concentrations. Examination of current law revealed the chief constraints to be: the constitutional requirement that searches and seizures be "reasonable"; state implied-consent legislation; and court decisions that require the retention of breath ampoules. Constraint resolution strategies include: administering active tests only when probable cause exists: amending implied-consent legislation to permit the use of new devices; and appealing adverse court decisions where necessary.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Highway Safety Research Institute

    Huron Parkway and Baxter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Ruschmann, P A
    • JOSCELYN, K B
    • Greyson, M
    • Carroll, H O
  • Publication Date: 1980-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 69 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00318939
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UM-HSRI-80-32 Final Rpt., HS-805 453
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-7-01536
  • Files: HSL, NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 30 1982 12:00AM