Title 17 – § 1221.4. Standards of Procedure

Title 17 – § 1221.4. Standards of Procedure

(a)  Procedures for breath alcohol analysis shall meet the following standards:

(1)  For each person tested, breath alcohol analysis shall include analysis of 2 separate breath samples which result in determinations of blood alcohol concentrations which do not differ from each other by more than 0.02 grams per 100 milliliters.

(2)  The accuracy of instruments shall be determined.

(A)  Such determination of accuracy shall consist, at a minimum, of periodic analysis of a reference sample of known alcohol concentration within accuracy and precision limits of plus or minus 0.01 grams % of the true value; these limits shall be applied to alcohol concentrations from 0.10 to 0.30 grams %. The reference sample shall be provided by a forensic alcohol laboratory.

1.  Such analysis shall be performed by an operator as defined in Section 1221.4 (a)(5), and the results shall be used by a forensic alcohol laboratory to determine if the instrument continues to meet the accuracy set forth in Section 1221.4 (a)(2)(A).

(B)  For the purposes of such determinations of accuracy, “periodic” means either a period of time not exceeding 10 days or following the testing of every 150 subjects, whichever comes sooner.

(3)  Breath alcohol analysis shall be performed only with instruments for which the operators have received training, such training to include at minimum the following schedule of subjects:

(A)  Theory of operation;

(B)  Detailed procedure of operation;

(C)  Practical experience;

(D)  Precautionary checklist;

(E)  Written and/or practical examination.

(4)  Training in the procedures of breath alcohol analysis shall be under the supervision of persons who qualify as forensic alcohol supervisors, forensic alcohol analysts or forensic alcohol analyst trainees in a licensed forensic alcohol laboratory.

(A)  After approval as set forth in Section 1218, the forensic alcohol laboratory is responsible for the training and qualifying of its instructors.

(5)  An operator shall be a forensic alcohol supervisor, forensic alcohol analyst, forensic alcohol analyst trainee or a person who has completed successfully the training described under Section 1221.4 (a) (3) and who may be called upon to operate a breath testing instrument in the performance of his duties.

(6)  Records shall be kept for each instrument to show the frequency of determination of accuracy and the identity of the person performing the determination of accuracy.

(A)  Records shall be kept for each instrument at a licensed forensic alcohol laboratory showing compliance with this Section.

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