05/16/2010

Breath-test technology heads to Ma. courtroom

The efficacy and accuracy of the the Alcotest 7110, a breath-detection device used by PDs across Massachusetts to gauge motorists sobriety levels

By Conor Berry
The Pittsfield Berkshire Eagle

PITTSFIELD, Ma. — The Berkshire County attorney leading the local charge for an official legal opinion about the efficacy and accuracy of the alcohol-detection device used in drunken driving cases finally has a date with a judge.

On Sept. 23 and 24, Worcester District Court Judge Richard Sullivan is expected to hear testimony from Pittsfield attorney Leonard H. Cohen and other Massachusetts defense attorneys advocating for a legal position regarding the reliability of the Alcotest 7110, a breath-detection device used by Massachusetts police departments to gauge motorists sobriety levels.

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