George Creal is an Atlanta DUI and Injury Lawyer at the law firm George C. Creal, Jr., P.C. He was born and raised in Druid…
Atlanta DUI Lawyer, DUI, Georgia DUI, Personal Injury Attorney, Workers Compensation Lawyer
Injustice Never Sleeps so neither to we.
Field sobriety tests are stupid people tricks just like gambling is a stupidity tax. Breath tests are not much better. One major problem with the Intoxilyzer 5000, the official Georgia Breath test, is non-specificity: the machine not only identifies the ethyl alcohol (or ethanol) found in beer, wine and liquor, but also other substances similar in molecular structure. Essentially, the machines project an infra-red beam of energy through the captured breath in the sample chamber; the more energy is absorbed by compounds containing the methyl group in their molecular structures, the less light that reaches the detector on the other side -- the higher the reading. The machine assumes that the compound containing the infrared absorbing methyl group is probably ethyl alcohol. Over one hundred compounds containing the methyl group have been identified on the human breath and can be incorrectly detected as ethyl alcohol. More importantly, the machine reading is cumulative: the more methyl group compounds absorbing the infrared energy, the higher the false breath test result. The machine supposedly has filters for acetone, toluene, methyl ethyl ketones found in paint thinners, brake cleaners etc but the internal workings of the machine are maintained like a "state secret" and courts are not very cooperative in compelling that evidence be brought to court.
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