Video: Personal Breathalysers
How much faith should you place in a personal breathalyser unit?
Based on our results, CHOICE does not believe any of the personal breathalysers we trialled are sufficiently accurate to be recommended for use. Indeed, several of the manufacturers or distributors we contacted said the readings from the devices are to be used only as guides, not as a conclusive measure.
Drink driving is a significant factor in the road toll across most states. According to the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority’s 2007 crash data, 1947 accidents were alcohol-related. Every year about 18% of people killed on NSW roads had consumed alcohol, while alcohol is also implicated in about one-third of the annual fatalities of people aged between 17 and 24. In Victoria last year, 28% of all drivers and motorcyclists killed on the roads had a blood alcohol reading of 0.05 or more.
Given a personal breathalyser provides only estimates — and they can be quite off the mark – why take the risk? If you’re in any doubt at all, just don’t drive when you’ve been drinking.
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