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National standards, international standards and evidential breath analysis in Australia Moynham, AF et al

By: Moynham, AFPublication details: Alcohol, drugs and traffic safety, 2000; T2000, Stockholm, May 22-26, 2000. Paper, Description: 6 sSubject(s): Sweden | Conference | Breath test | Australia | | Apparatus | Accuracy | Traffic regulations | | 842Bibl.nr: VTI P4030:15Location: Abstract: Evidential breath analysis has advantages in law enforcement in that it is non invasive, fairly hygienic and a result is gained almost immediately. This method for analysing alcohol has developed over approximately 50 years. It began as chemical testing but most evidential breath testing is now by infrared light absorption. The paper details the history and development of evidential breath analysis in Australia. It is expected that future breath analysis legislation in Australia will insist that evidential breath analysis instruments comply with an Australian Standard. These instruments will have to go through a rigorous testing and verification procedure before they would be certified for use in law enforcement. As matters stand at present the standard of evidential breath analysis is very high and there is virtually no risk of an instrument over reading the true blood alcohol concentration of the subject. This ensures that by the use of evidential breath analysis no person will be unfairly convicted of driving with a blood alcohol concentration which is lower than the reading recorded on the instrument.
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Evidential breath analysis has advantages in law enforcement in that it is non invasive, fairly hygienic and a result is gained almost immediately. This method for analysing alcohol has developed over approximately 50 years. It began as chemical testing but most evidential breath testing is now by infrared light absorption. The paper details the history and development of evidential breath analysis in Australia. It is expected that future breath analysis legislation in Australia will insist that evidential breath analysis instruments comply with an Australian Standard. These instruments will have to go through a rigorous testing and verification procedure before they would be certified for use in law enforcement. As matters stand at present the standard of evidential breath analysis is very high and there is virtually no risk of an instrument over reading the true blood alcohol concentration of the subject. This ensures that by the use of evidential breath analysis no person will be unfairly convicted of driving with a blood alcohol concentration which is lower than the reading recorded on the instrument.

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