Florida law enforcement officials paid for employees to get drunk to test the reliability of an alcohol breathalyzer machine, according to reports.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement allegedly shelled out $330 on Jim Beam whiskey, doritos and other booze in October and invited 15 employees to drink up.
The point, said the FDLE, was to test the accuracy of the Intoxilyzer 8000 machine, which has been under attack in the courts as inaccurate.
The FDLE spent $330 on whiskey and Doritos for 15 employees so they could test controversial breathalyser machine
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that the FDLE crime analysts, staff assistants and Capitol Police officers drank the alcohol while being recorded, and then blew into three Intoxilyzer 8000s at their Tallahassee office.
They then had their blood drawn and sent to a lab.
An expert at the agency pronounced the machines accurate, but others questioned if the test had any real scientific validity or whether it proves what it was intended to.
The results of the study, which cost $8,000 all together and took place over three days, were then taken to a panel of judges at Sarasota County courtroom by FDLE’s alcohol testing guru Laura Barfield.
She said the results proved the machines are accurate.
But, according to the Herald-Tribune, the judges appeared sceptical of the findings, and they were also wary of considering the study, as the bloodwork was still at the lab and the examination was not yet finalized.
There were also questions over whether or not the study had any scientific validity.
Dr John Robinson, a biostatistics consultant with expertise in health care, said: ‘That doesn’t really address the problem. It’s only performed at one time, with a small group of people.’