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Contentious breathalyser back in use soon

2012-09-26 10:07

Johannesburg - The suspended Dräger breathalyser might be back in use by November, according to a report on Wednesday.

The Star reported that use of the breathalyser was suspended in September last year when the Western Cape High Court found it did not meet the necessary requirements.

Judge Nathan Erasmus ruled that results obtained using the Dräger Alcotest 7110 Mark III could not be used as evidence because it had not been properly calibrated and the user manual had not been properly followed.

He said the device could and should be modified to meet the court standard.

The device, which measures the amount of alcohol on a person's breath, had been in use in Athlone to test motorists for drunk driving.

Western Cape Transport and Public Works MEC Robin Carlisle told The Star the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) had indicated that it hoped the breathalyser would be ready for use by November.

Carlisle said the court had specified a number of requirements necessary before it could be used again, including technical adjustments and training.

He said a committee chaired by the NPA, and including departmental and SA Bureau of Standard representatives was set up to deal with the matter.

Comments
  • george.pistorius - 2012-09-26 10:15

    Stop en Vat 'n slukkie!!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-09-26 10:59

      Now what happens to all the other that have been convicted with this machine. Do all there people get there money back and conviction overturned

  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-09-26 10:33

    As of enige van die d*se wat die ding gaan gebruik aandag sal gee gedurende opleiding.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-09-26 11:30

    The device is so unreliable I am aware of people who have been arrested, spent the night in jail and lost their jobs only to have the blood test come back negative. Bottom line here is that irrespective of the breathalyzer reading you must insist that blood is also drawn at the same time. When the blood test comes back negative you have a valid legal lawsuit against the municipality involved for false arrest as well as civil claim rights for compensation for lost income, unlawful detention etc.

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