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2010/30/1 Gas simulator, manual and bottle of alcohol, used with blood alcohol testing, metal / glass / plastic / electronic components / paper, made by Guth Laboratories Inc, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America and Bio Analytical Services, Australia, c. 1995, used by the New South Wa. Click to enlarge.

Gas simulator used with breath analysis equipment

Made
This equipment documents part of a long battle against drink driving in New South Wales. Between 1925 and 1970 there was a steady increase in road fatalities in Australia, but since the 1970s serious measures have been taken to address this major cause of death. As a result there has been a considerable decline, not only in the rate of fatalities per 100,000 persons in Australia, but also in the outright number of deaths per year. According to a report prepared by the Australian Bureau of …

Summary

Object No.

2010/30/1

Object Statement

Gas simulator, manual and bottle of alcohol, used with blood alcohol testing, metal / glass / plastic / electronic components / paper, made by Guth Laboratories Inc, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America and Bio Analytical Services, Australia, c. 1995, used by the New South Wales Police Department, Australia

Physical Description

The simulator is used to calibrate breath testing equipment. A known measurement of alcohol is added to the machine, and the breath testing equipment attached to the sampling hose. A sample is taken, and the breath testing equipment is tested for accuracy.

The simulator's components are housed in a stainless steel cover, vented for cooling. The alcohol or liquid receptacle is a glass jar, onto which an assembly is fitted consisting of the heater and thermostat, temperature gauge, electric motor and propeller. A 240v power supply lead is situated at the rear of the unit.

The bottle of alcohol is brown tinted glass with metal cap and paper label.

The manual is eight pages, A4, photocopied.

Production

Notes

This wet gas simulator was designed and manufactured by Guth Laboratories Inc in Harrisburg PA, USA in the mid nineteen nineties.The company specialises in breath analysis equipment for law enforcement agencies in the United States of America and other countries.

The bottle of pure alcohol was supplied to the New South Wales Police by Bio Analytical Services Australia.

History

Notes

This equipment was used by Sergeant Martin Betcher and his colleagues at the Breath Analysis Section of the New South Wales Police Department. It was used to calibrate breath analysis equipment used for measuring the blood alcohol concentrations of drivers and riders through analysis of alcohol levels in deep lung air. This meant that its readings could be used as evidence in court.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Breath Analysis and Research Unit, New South Wales Police Department, 2010

Acquisition Date

4 May 2010

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Wikipedia

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