In this article we will look at the functional differences between the 3 x BACtrack Pro series models. Namely The Element, The Trace and The S80. These are BACtrack’s premier grade breathalysers and all contain slightly different levels of electrochemical (fuel cell) Xtend® technology sensors. Flow Error Indicator – This is a must for any […]
Police will waive about 80 drink-driving convictions and tickets after a calibration problem with one model of the breath-testing device they use.
National manager road policing Superintendent Steve Greally said 400 Drager 7510 devices were rolled out during July to one, two and three-person stations in mostly rural areas.
All had been recalled, and 49 of the 343 tested had failed to give an accurate reading.
“It’s a very concerning thing, of course, when you don’t understand why,” he told Checkpoint.
“Until we understand why, they are not going to be used at all. We need to make sure the devices are working well and can be relied upon in court.”
Listen to the Checkpoint interview here ( 4 min 1 sec )
The devices had failed by only a small margin but, for the avoidance of any doubt, the police had decided to waive any infringements or charges which had have resulted from them.
“Those in this bracket should therefore consider themselves very lucky to have avoided police action in this instance,” he said.
“This means that if it emerges that anyone has been ticketed or prosecuted incorrectly as a result of this problem, the action will be withdrawn by police.”
Work was under way to identify the individual circumstances of each of the about 80 positive evidential breath tests identified as being caught by the machines – a number Mr Greally described as small in the context of the about 21,000 alcohol-related offences recorded by police in the past year.
The problem emerged during a recent random spot test by police, and they had been sent for further testing as a “precautionary” measure, he said.
Police would continue to test drivers as usual with their other 2900 other alcohol-testing devices.
“Operationally, there will be no change to our continued enforcement of drink drive offences, as testing machines in booze buses and stations are unaffected. This means anyone caught driving while impaired can expect to be dealt with in the same way,” Mr Greally said.
Police would contact anyone whose ticket or conviction would be waived as a result of the error, he said.
The president of the criminal bar association, Tony Bouchier, said the people affected by the error could have incurred significant financial cost, and should seek legal advice about compensation.
“The people who have been charged with drink driving as a result of this faulty technology, in some cases they have been taken off the road for 28 days and incurred huge costs there, and the trauma of that. They’ve been detained by the police for a period of time when they should have been going about their lawful business. And I guess a number of them have spent money on lawyers to get legal advice.”
Mr Bouchier said the justice system relied on the breathalyser technology being accurate.
These two breathalysers are likely BACtrack’s number one and two sellers, and often we are asked what the difference between the two models actually are.
Here are some facts about the two that may help you with your decision making process:
- The BACtrack Trace is the latest edition to the Pro Series range. It superseded a previous model around mid-2014.
- The sensors on the two units are very similar, although not exactly the same. They both contain Xtend® Fuel Cell Sensor Technology.
- The BACtrack Trace is around 40% lighter and is a bit more portable than its cousin the BACtrack S80 Pro.
- The BACtrack S80 Pro has a greater range of features than the Trace Pro (although not all features are necessarily required by the user). The S80 Pro additionally has:
# Test Counter, so the user can know how many tests have been performed since the units’ last calibration.
# Record of last 10 blows. So when retesting it is a little easier to tell if your BAC is rising or falling.
# Adjustable units of measure. Should the user prefer to see the display in other outputs rather than just %BAC. NB: We recommend keeping units in %BAC however as it is the easiest way to compute.
# Audible alarm point setting to tell you if you blow over a certain predefined level.
# Adjustable blow time setting. Longer blows give increased accuracy, so long as the user can remain comfortable when the blow time requirement is lengthened.
# A hard carry case to protect the unit better.
The long and short of it is. These are both world leading, quality breathalysers and in terms of accuracy there is not a great deal of difference between the two. Our suggestion would be that if you can afford to pay the extra for the BACtrack S80 Pro then excellent, if on the other hand you have a tighter budget to adhere to then the BACtrack Trace Pro will easily suffice for your driving needs.
Breathalysers Australia is Australia’s only specialist breath testing equipment supplier. Our products are sold widely throughout Australia. Nationally this includes consumer electronic retail chains, safety equipment retailers, service station groups, and alcohol retail chains. Our direct customers also range from large organisations at the forefront of health & safety to businesses wishing to have responsible after works drinks.
We take pride in giving all of our customer’s expert information on the correct product application for their requirement. Therefore, we ensure that our staff are highly trained and have precise knowledge in the field of breath testing.
Breathalysers Australia’s biggest-selling digital breathalyser is the BACtrack S80 Pro. The S80 Pro is also the most widely sold digital model in the world. The main reason that the BACtrack S80 Pro is such a successful model is that it is simple to use, offers superior levels of accuracy and is robust. Essentially it can be relied on as both an entry-level workplace breathalyser and a high-end personal breathalyser. Clever design by BACtrack has allowed one model to cross over two very different markets.
Other models by BACtrack that Breathalysers AU stocks are:
• The Trace, which is BACtrack’s latest hand-held digital model
• The Scout, which is BACtrack’s entry-level fuel cell hand-held breath tester
• The Mobile Smartphone, which is BACtrack’s Bluetooth smartphone semi-conductor model
• The Go Keychain, BACtrack’s very reliable yet cost-effective keychain unit
Our message to anybody considering buying a breathalyser is buying local, buy genuine and buy reputable. This way, you can be assured of what you are getting accurate results.
Breathalysers Australia is proud to launch our latest product, the BACtrack Mobile Pro.
The majority of smartphone breathalysers offer ease of use through their integration with your smartphone and have very handy features. Such as tracking your drinking habits over time, finding you the closest bar, restaurant or hotel, telling you when you will next be sober or calling you a taxi or an Uber.
Whilst the BACtrack Mobile Pro also has these features it additionally offers three key benefits that other smartphone breathalysers do not:
- Outstanding user reviews. The BACtrack Mobile Pro has the best international online reviews of any smartphone breathalyser. The critics have spoken!
- Amazon: 4.4 out of 5 (168 reviews)
- BACtrack: 4.7 out of 5 (178 reviews)
- Costco: 4.7 out of 5 (181 reviews)
- Apple Insider: 4.5 out of 5 (independent product testing)
- We believe that The Mobile Pro is easily the most accurate smartphone breathalyser available on the international market. It utilises BACtrack’s proprietary Xtend® Fuel Cell Sensor Technology for Police grade dependable results, every time your test.
- Bluetooth wireless, meaning that you don’t have to awkwardly hold your smartphone up to your face when taking a breath sample.
The BACtrack Mobile Pro will be exclusively available in Australia through Breathalysers Australia. We will shortly release which AU consumer electronics retail chains will also stock the unit.
Australia now has a highly accurate and highly functional smartphone breathalyser brought to you by BACtrack. “The world’s most trusted breathalyser brand”.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Every day before sunrise, people stream through a nondescript door behind the county jail in South Dakota’s largest city.
Wearing neatly pressed business suits, neon-green construction uniforms or even wrinkled pajamas, they’re all here for the same reason: to prove they’re not drunk.
These are participants in a South Dakota program that aims to reduce drunken driving and domestic violence by requiring offenders to prove twice a day that they have not been drinking.
In return, they stay out of jail.
Bolstered by South Dakota’s success, the approach is gaining momentum. North Dakota and Montana have started similar systems, and at least five more states are running or planning programs. Other states are passing legislation.
South Dakota started the practice in 2005, offering those accused or convicted of an alcohol-related crime an alternative to jail. Participants are required to come to a testing site every morning and evening to blow into a Breathalyzer. Those who live farther away or who have trouble staying sober wear alcohol-monitoring bracelets or have ignition-interlock systems in their vehicles.
Participants who “blow hot” are immediately jailed: 12 hours for the first offense, 24 hours for the second. If they fail a third time, they’re incarcerated until a judge decides their fate.
South Dakota once had one of the nation’s highest rates of DUI arrests, and jail overcrowding was a serious issue. That’s when then-Attorney General Larry Long created the program.
“Simply warehousing people with chronic alcohol and drug offenses doesn’t work. The key is changing behavior,” said former Deputy Attorney General Bill Mickelson, who worked on the program in its infancy.
Participants bear most of the financial burden, typically paying the cost of $1 to $3 for each test.
Over the past decade, more than 37,000 people have participated in the South Dakota program, compiling a pass rate of more than 99 percent.
At the Minnehaha County jail in Sioux Falls, people of all stripes come during a three-hour window. Many stop on their way to work and again on their way home.
“I’ve been drinking for a long time,” said Darryl Nave, a 52-year-old chef dressed in kitchen garb who’s been in the program twice before. “I blew hot a couple times, and then I did realize I can’t lose my job. I’m supporting my family again.”
An independent study released in 2013 by the RAND Corp., a nonprofit research organization, found that South Dakota’s program cut the rate of repeat DUI arrests at the county level by 12 percent and domestic-violence offenses by 9 percent in its first five years.
Research has found that requiring large numbers of young-to-middle-aged men not to drink, even for a little while, can affect other behaviors, said Beau Kilmer, who conducted the study.
In Montana, the state started pilot programs in 2008 and expanded the system to 36 of its 56 counties. Preliminary research shows recidivism rates dropping by 40 to 70 percent.
One of the pilot programs is in Jacksonville, Fla., where authorities previously used ignition-interlock systems. But studies showed that fewer than half of offenders ever got them installed, choosing instead to drive illegally or not at all.
The program isn’t perfect. Administrators and participants at the Sioux Falls testing site acknowledged that some people still drink by calculating how much they can consume between tests without getting caught, but many are eventually busted.