Use Of Breathalyzer Under Review Among Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Agencies | Bethany Hofstetter | 2/20/13

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Many law enforcement agencies in western Pennsylvania are reviewing the use of breathalyzer tests during DUI stops after a ruling in the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas raised concerns about the tests’ reliability.

On Dec. 31, Judge Lawrence F. Clark Jr. threw out a DUI charge after the defendant proved that there is no evidentiary proof that the breathalyzer machines are accurate past 0.15 percent blood-alcohol content. The Dauphin County District Attorney filed an appeal to that ruling to the state Superior Court.

Following the ruling, the Pennsylvania State Police have temporarily suspended the use of breathalyzer machines in favor of blood testing starting last month and local police departments are now deciding if they should follow suit…

For full article see: Use of breathalyzer under review among Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies, Tribune-Review by Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or


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