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Blood Alcohol Tests Archives

Research panel urges states to reduce DUI limit to 0.05 percent

How can society reduce the number of drunk-driving fatalities? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was looking for evidence-based answers, so it turned to a panel from the nonprofit National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and commissioned a report. That report is in, and one of the key recommendations was for states to reduce their DUI threshold level from a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent to 0.05.

Critics' reaction to proposed 0.05 BAC threshold

As our readers across Colorado and elsewhere know, the legal limit for behind-the-wheel intoxication in the state and nationally is a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08. Anything at or above that level as determined by a blow into a breathalyzer or a blood draw will instantly produce a major headache for a motorist.

Personal breathalyzers: these could still get you in trouble

Here's something to consider regarding personal breathalyzers that retail for about 80 bucks and are currently being touted by Colorado officials: Given that the considerably more expensive and sophisticated breathalyzers employed by the Colorado State Patrol and police agencies statewide are sometimes found to deliver erroneous blood-alcohol results, how foolproof can a smartphone app truly be?

The three implied consent cases brought before the Colorado Supreme Court

The word is out that the Colorado Supreme Court recently heard arguments for appealing the state's DUI implied consent laws, based on a trio of appeals of lower court rulings. According to an article published in the Denver Post, the Colorado Supreme Court Justices ruled against the appellants' arguments in each case, thereby effectively upholding the laws as they are now written. 

What a blood alcohol concentration really is and why it matters

When you're stopped by police, you might be asked to take a breath test. This test measures your blood alcohol concentration. Why do they want that test? To prove that you've been drinking and driving over the legal limit.

Intoxilyzer 9000 forgery scandal details unfolding, Part 2

Stories like the below recur with some sense of regularity across the United States. When they do, they understandably garner a lot of ink and adverse press, and rightfully so, given that there are immediately adverse outcomes spelled for individuals who are victimized by the details they reveal.

Mass forgeries challenge integrity of Colorado DUI convictions

As noted in a recent Denver Post article, Colorado law does not mandate that an expert be called into court to pontificate on the accuracy of a breath-test machine when the blood-alcohol content measurement it delivered is centrally important in a drunk driving case.

A blood alcohol concentration test can be wrong

If you're pulled over and have your blood alcohol levels tested, you know that you could face a DUI if it comes back over 0.08 percent. A blood alcohol concentration test isn't always accurate, so there are defenses if it does come back positive. The BAC test levels give law enforcement the information they need to make an informed decision over whether or not you should be driving, but there are factors that can influence the outcome of the test.