Breathalyzer Source Code Creates Accuracy Dispute
A decade ago officials in Washington State began to look at replacements for their increasingly obsolete breathalyzer models. The sole company to bid for the contract was Draeger, a German medical technology company. Predictably they won the contract and began selling its Alcotest 9510 breathalyzer unit to departments statewide.
It was used to great success since its introduction, playing a part in thousands of DUI convictions. However, some defense attorneys are now calling the results that the device has produced over the years into question, potentially throwing thousands of convictions into question.
Defense attorney Jason Lantz has led the charge in the efforts to discredit the device. He began by enlisting the help of an experienced security researcher and a software engineer to inspect the source code of the device.
The results they gathered exposed a potential flaw in the core programming that opened the possibility that some of the results obtained could be faulty. Draeger provides breathalyzer units to various police departments across the country, so this flaw could have far-reaching repercussions should it be deemed that results obtained were in fact inaccurate.
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