Sales of Personal Breath Test Devices on the Rise

For the past couple decades, the focus on drunk driving has tightened and enforcement of DUI/DWI laws along with it. When once a traffic stop was more likely to end in a “please make it safely home,” it now most often leads to arrest under even the suspicion of being above the legal limit. In lieu of this, New Jersey residents are being more cautious.

In an attempt to avoid arrest, more and more people are trying to have control over their own fate. The sales of personal Breathalyzer tests have increased exponentially. According to a report from Wintergreen Research, in the year 2011 approximately $284.6 million worth of these devices were sold.

Not only were those record-setting sales, but they are expected to rise to as high as $3.2 billion by the end of 2018. These numbers seem even more incredible when noted that the estimates took into account the fact that prices will most likely drop as technology advances and production becomes more efficient.

While it is good that people are trying to avoid a complicated situation, it is important to note that these types of tests are not always accurate, whether it is the officer or the individual doing the testing. The price for these devices ranges from $3 to $300, and even the most expensive price does not warrant relying on the results.

Also important to note is that while there are defined legal limits for certain alcohol-related offenses, arrest can still occur when a driver appears to be impaired, regardless of a below .08 blood alcohol content.

Source: The Street, “Your Own Personal Breathalyzer,” Jan. 17, 2013

Our Morristown defense team provides aggressive and experienced DUI/DWI counsel in these cases and for related traffic offenses.

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