The battle lines are being drawn for a crucial fight over breath tests in about 300 drunk driving cases in Palm Beach County. At the heart of the matter is the controversial Intoxilyzer 8000 breath test machine. The machine has already faced stiff legal challenges in courtrooms in Sarasota and Manatee counties which resulted in hundreds of breath test results being excluded. Now lawyers in Palm Beach County are challenging the Intoxilyzer once again.
DUI defense attorneys in Palm Beach are claiming the Intoxilyzer 8000 is not legal because Florida’s version of the breath tests machine differs from federally approved models, according to a story by the Palm Beach Post. The lawyers also say they have evidence that the Intoliyzer’s failed inspections and that was covered up by law enforcement.