Michigan's New Breathalyzer

By: Steve Doty Email
By: Steve Doty Email

It will measure your blood alcohol content and it'll show how hard you're blowing into the machine.

"What it does is it shows how the person delivers a breath sample," defense attorney Charles Rathburn said. "It shows the alcohol curve as it leaves the person's body and goes into the device."

Meet the all new DataMaster, the new breathalyzer the state will be implementing to measure driver's B-A-C.

The new breathalyzer machines have the technology built in that will display on the graph the sustained level of breathing from the person blowing into the machine. Defense attorneys argue that law enforcement will not be utilizing this technology.

"The instrument will give us the person's blood alcohol content per breath," Sgt. Perry Curtis of the Michigan State Police said.

"To me that's not using the thing to its full devise," Rathburn said.

Michigan State Police declined to comment on camera why they won't be utilizing the graph. They say they'll have that discussion with defense attorneys if it comes up in court.

But people we talked with don't necessarily agree with this.

"Yeah, if they have it available they should use all the information," one local resident said.

"I would certainly agree that whatever technology is available to the police and any other law enforcement....that can make the roads safer, I'm all for that," one Dimondale resident said.

But one thing police, residents and attorneys are for, is making the roads safer.

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  • by Shawn Location: Mid-Michigan on Jun 7, 2011 at 07:51 PM
    Are you serious? Have we really got no better way to blow money than this? I can think of many ways to spend money legitimately...given our economy, people not eating, homeless...give me a break!
  • by Lyle Location: Lansing on Jun 5, 2011 at 05:41 AM
    I just want to know why no one has an issue with the fact that law enforcement is complaining that their losing man power due to lack of funding yet they wanna spend money on new equipment their not gonna fully use. With the surrounding areas losing officers or in a couple cases facing losing total department why are they looking to upgrade at all?
  • by janet Location: lansing on Jun 4, 2011 at 02:08 PM
    if idiots wouldn't drink and drive this wouldn't be an issue now would it
  • by Jay Location: Mid-Michigan on Jun 4, 2011 at 07:05 AM
    FYI: police officers in MI have been using the DataMaster for years. This story only details an updated version of the current machine. "Breathalyzer" is a brand name that has been generalized (much like Xerox when referring to all copy machines). The term "breathalyzer" is something that was popularized by the media.

    Also, drivers are already issued refusals for not blowing adequately into the current DataMaster. The machine requires a specific amount of breath at a specific rate in order to analyze a sample.

    Other than detailing the "graph" (which isn't necessary and doesn't justify purchasing new machines, IMHO), this report was not informative.
  • by RT Location: Lansing on Jun 4, 2011 at 06:56 AM
    I'm gonna open up a can of worms with this comment but I don't care...I think all the drunk driving hoopla is just that--hoopla! No one wants incapacitated drivers, but since the MADD people were the squeaky wheels, their pet issue has become the next plague to ravage the planet. I don't consider it as the problem its presented as being. Now the State is planning to crucify someone for having a couple beers. Know your limits and things would never have gotten to this level of stupidity!
  • by lin Location: pl lake on Jun 4, 2011 at 04:05 AM
    it is so refreshing to know the police can pick and choose your justice.if it might hurt the states case against you, well we just wont use it then. PATHETIC !!! so why even waste tax dollars for the new machine?
  • by Rich Location: Jackson on Jun 3, 2011 at 08:08 PM
    Ok, just don't complain when the state has no money! If they would stop spending our money on unnecessary stuff like this, we wouldn't have budget problems!!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 3, 2011 at 04:11 PM
    "But one thing police, residents and attorneys are for, is making the roads safer." If this is true then they should demand that our legislators pass a law banning talking on cell phones including hand free phones while driving.
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