On December 20, 2011 the New Jersey Appellate Division in State of New Jersey v. Nicole Holland addressed the issue on whether blood alcohol concentration results derived from an Alcotest 7110 MKIII-C breath-testing device are admissible against defendants in driving while intoxicated (DWI) prosecutions when the device has been calibrated with a Control Company, Inc. digital thermometer, instead of the Ertco-Hart digital thermometer.
The Appellate Division opined that the aftermarket thermometer (which is approximately $1,600.00 cheaper) was just fine, as opposed, to the manufacter’s recommended thermometer. In other words, New Jersey police can purchase a cheaper thermometer that will be used to test the three separate simulator solutions when calibrating the breath test machine.
The opinion authored by the New Jersey Appellate Division in State v. Holland is worth reading in it’s entirety because it provides a well written explanation on what a person has to do in calibrating the Alcotest. The practicality is a good understanding of the calibration procedure will aid in the defense of a DWI/DUI.
If you have additional questions or concerns give Dan T. Matrafajlo a call to discuss your particular DWI case.