Prosecutor Questions Accuracy Of Breath Tests

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 – Anne Kramer and the Associated Press
The Attorney General in Washington, D.C. says his office won’t use breath test results in drunken driving prosecutions until he’s been assured that the results are accurate.

Last year, D.C. police revealed problems with their breath testing equipment that sometimes resulted in the machines showing people with higher blood-alcohol concentrations than they actually had.

Acting Attorney General Irvin Nathan said Tuesday that until the problem is resolved, prosecutors will only use urine test results as evidence that people were driving drunk. He says the issue hasn’t deterred his office from pursuing drunken drivers, noting there have been 1,000 successful prosecutions in the past year.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he’s confident that police will continue to target drunken drivers but adds that he hopes new breath testing technology can be implemented as quickly as possible.

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