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What are the different ways to test Blood Alcohol Content?

In Oklahoma and elsewhere, law enforcement personnel rely on three types of tests to measure blood alcohol content. In the interests of protecting your rights throughout the entire encounter with police officers during a traffic stop, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the basic details of blood alcohol testing.

What is an Intoxilyzer?

Oklahoma residents who are pulled over and suspected of being under the influence of alcohol may be required to give a breath sample. Police may use a device called an Intoxilyzer to obtain and analyze this sample. It will detect the level of ethanol in a person's breath using a process called infrared spectroscopy, which analyzes the molecules based on how they interact with light.

Tests used to establish BAC levels in Oklahoma

Oklahoma is an implied consent state, and motorists are required by law to consent to sobriety tests when instructed to do so by a law enforcement officer. However, there are limits to when an officer may require drivers to submit to chemical sobriety tests, such as a breath test.

"No refusal" sobriety tests becoming more prevalent in Oklahoma

The right to refuse a blood test may soon be tougher to take advantage of if the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has their way. The OHP has begun to institute "no refusal" operations on high travel weekends and holidays. Some say that the Highway Patrol has overstepped their legal authority.

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