When residents of Kentucky are pulled over due to being suspected of driving while under the influence, they are likely to be administered tests to determine what their blood alcohol content level is. Some of these tests are considered more reliable than others. The most reliable is generally believed to be the blood alcohol test, in which blood is drawn and tested for alcohol levels in a lab. However, these blood tests are not infallible.
Human error potential exists in every method there currently is for checking a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) levels. For example, labs can be overcrowded and understaffed. This can lead to samples or results being mixed up and handed to the wrong individuals.
Additionally, blood samples can actually be left out for too long or stored improperly before being tested. This can lead to coagulation that causes a falsely high BAC level to be flagged. Contamination between taking the sample and testing it can also occur, either within the lab or as the sample is being transported.
There is also the fact that it takes alcohol a certain amount of time to actually hit your bloodstream. This means that while your blood sample may read as over the limit, your BAC level at the time you were actually driving may actually have been under it.
If you are curious to learn more about DUI related matters, consider visiting our web page, linked here. You can view laws in your area, potential penalties for conviction, and learn more about the tests that may be used on you.