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How does the breathalyzer work?

NJ DWI FAQ  |  See also:  NJ Criminal Defense FAQ

Q) How does the breathalyzer work?

A) The State of New Jersey has moved away from using “breathalyzers” which have been in use here since the 1950's to determine blood alcohol content (BAC). The State now uses the Draeger Alcotest® 7110 MKIII-C. Mr. Villani has been trained by Draeger on the use and operation of the instrument.  The Alcotest® 7110, is extremely sophisticated and quite sensitive; using a combination of electrochemical and infrared technologies to test an individual's BAC.  This is a non-invasive blowing test where an individual blows into a breath tube and a BAC calculation is obtained.
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