A Dauphin County judge's ruling has the potential to affect thousands of DUI prosecutions across the state, but South Whitehall Police do not use the Breathlyzers in question.
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A Dauphin County judge's ruling has the potential to affect thousands of DUI prosecutions across the state, but South Whitehall Police do not use the Breathalyzers in question.
According to a story in the Patriot News a Dauphin County judge’s ruling has the "potential to derail thousands of drunken driving prosecutions and convictions" across Pennsylvania. "Judge Lawrence F. Clark Jr. concluded that Breathalyzer machines used by law enforcement to gauge the intoxication level of drivers cannot be considered accurate beyond a blood-alcohol reading of 0.15 percent." In South Whitehall, however, police do not use the Breathalyzer machines the judge referred to, according to Sgt. Jason Negron. He said South Whitehall does have portable devices in their cars but they are used only to determine if alcohol is present. He said Pennsylvania State Police use the Breathalyzers but South Whitehall officers rely on blood-…