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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