Daily Archives: June 7, 2005
….to own an official breath alcohol testing instrument!
No, we’re not talking about one of those little portable jobs you can buy down at Sharper Image. These are the real deals, the actual law enforcement devices used at police stations – legally admissible in court.
What? You thought the manufacturers had agreements with police agencies not to sell these things to private citizens — particularly not to defense attorneys? Well, yes, but then we live in the era of….eBay.
There are a half-dozen or so makes and models commonly used across the country and periodically one comes up for auction. Where do they come from? Who knows. But they’re not cheap: they can cost $1500 or more, depending upon the model — compared to new prices of $5000 and up; an Intoximeter EC/IR (ElectroChemical/InfraRed) sold on eBay a couple of days ago for $2100. Try entering “breathalyzer”, “intoximeter”, “intoxilyzer” and/or “datamaster” in eBay’s search box.
With an hour or two of self-study, you too can calibrate and operate one of these things — just like your local police….and hopefully with more accuracy.