Apr 17
NMISA CONFIRMS THE INNACURACY OF GETTING DRUNK ON HOT CROSS BUNS VIRAL VIDEO

MEDIA STATEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

17 APRIL 2019​


NMISA CONFIRMS THE INNACURACY OF GETTING DRUNK ON HOT CROSS BUNS VIRAL VIDEO

The National Metrology institute of South Africa (NMISA) confirms that the video that went viral online displaying two Eastern Cape traffic officers eating hot cross buns exhibit the inaccuracy of the alcohol breathalyser. NMISA would like to educate the South African public about the importance of calibration of law enforcement equipment and the traceability to the International System of Units (SI) standards which are provided by NMISA in South Africa.

Every piece of equipment that is used to measure should be traceable to the international measurement standard, which is normally housed in the National Metrology Institute (NMI) of each country. In south Africa, NMISA is the institute that calibrates alcohol measuring instruments that are traceable to the SI, which ensures the accuracy and validity of the measurement.

The video shows an alcohol screener that cannot be used as evidence in a Court of Law. It is only the results of the Evidential Breathalyser Alcohol Test (EBAT) machine or blood sample that can be used as evidence in a Court of Law. The screener that is shown in the video is picking alcohol that may be present in the food and it is performing perfectly.

As stated above, any equipment that is not traceable to the SI is not considered accurate and the certainty thereof is not valid. We advise the public to ask for a calibration certificate for the alcohol testing equipment whenever one is required to perform an alcohol breath test. The calibration ensures that an instrument can measure accurately.

For more information or queries regarding alcohol testing, please contact communication@nmisa.org or visit www.nmisa.org to find out more about metrology and how it affects your daily lives as South African civilians.

NMISA is part of the Department of Trade and Industry's (the dti) family of Technical Infrastructure (TI) Institutes. The TI is responsible for the National Measurement Standards and measurement sciences and certified reference materials (NMISA), South African National Standards (SABS), Legal metrology and regulations (NRCS) as well as accreditation (SANAS) that gives confidence in goods and products and allows for successful prosecution in cases of non-compliance. [End]

 

Issued By:

Sophie Mabela

Communications Practitioner

National Metrology Institute of South Africa

012 841 3523


 

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