Checking Out Over-the-Counter Breathalyzers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- With New Year's Eve just a few days away, if you check the aisle of most drug stores and convenience stores, you'll find over-the-counter breathalyzers. bought three, ranging in price from $5.99 to $51.
We compared them to a breathalyzer calibrated to West Virginia standards that's used in the West Virginia Start Smart Program.

It's an interlock program where DUI offenders must use a breathalyzer to start their vehicle. If it detects alcohol beyond the legal limit, the car remains dead.

Huntington resident Lonnie Gill agreed to test each product. He had two beers over the course of an hour and then waited the recommended 20 minutes before administering the test.

Three over-the-counter breathalyzers were compared with the official calibrated one -- four in all, and four different results.

"We got three different readings," Gill said. "To me, that means you can't count on them. You can't trust them to keep you safe."

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WSAZ NewsChannel 3 645 Fifth Avenue Huntington, WV 25701 304-697-4780 WSAZ Charleston 111 Columbia Avenue Charleston, WV 25302 304-344-3521
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 185103521 -
Gray Television, Inc.