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Online Course on Use of Wet-bath Simulators in Canada


This Intermediate level course is designed for criminal law defence lawyers in Canada who wish to improve their cross-examination skills in "over 80" cases. Every time police use an approved instrument to test a subject's breath they must also use an alcohol standard. In Ontario and most of Canada, a wet-bath simulator is used to maintain the temperature of the alcohol standard at 34.0 ±.2° C.. In some western provinces a dry gas alcohol standard is used. This course examines the proper operation of both systems. Reliability of the alcohol standard system is essential to reliability of the Intoxilyzer® 8000C or other approved instrument. This is a fruitful area for defence cross-examination.

The course is "DUI Defence in Canada: use of wet-bath alcohol standard".

A basic course entitled "How Do I Fight a DUI charge? Attorneys and Lawyers in Canada" is also available. For more information about either of these courses contact biss@lawyers.ca.

The course contains a number of video lectures and quizzes. Evidentiary breath testing reliability depends on the identity, continuity, and reliability of the alcohol standard kept at a constant 34.0 C. by the wet-bath simulator. Calibration of wet-bath simulator systems (as many as 4 in any simulator), at regular service intervals, is required if the simulator systems are to continue to operate in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications.

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Intoxilyzer®  is a registered trademark of CMI, Inc. The Intoxilyzer® 5000C is an "approved instrument" in Canada.
Breathalyzer® is a registered trademark of Draeger Safety, Inc., Breathalyzer Division. The owner of the trademark is Robert F. Borkenstein and Draeger Safety, Inc. has leased the exclusive rights of use from him. The Breathalyzer® 900 and Breathalyzer® 900A were "approved instruments" in Canada.
DrugTest® 5000 is also a registered trademark of Draeger Safety, Inc.. DrugTest® 5000 is "approved drug screening equipment" in Canada.
Alcotest® is a registered trademark of Draeger Safety, Inc. The Alcotest® 7410 GLC and 6810 are each an "approved screening device" in Canada.
Datamaster®  is a registered trademark of National Patent Analytical Systems, Inc.  The BAC Datamaster® C  is an "approved instrument" in Canada.