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Should I refuse a roadside Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) when stopped for drinking and driving?

Let’s be clear: this article relates to the roadside preliminary breath test (PBT) that occurs before arrest, not the implied consent chemical test that occurs after arrest (and often at the police station). The implied consent law only applies to the chemical evidentiary test that is taken after an arrest. Often, when stopping a suspected drunk driver, the police officers will ask the driver to take a preliminary breath test (PBT). This evidentiary test is conducted with a small handheld device. The results of this roadside test are used to provide the police officers with evidence to justify an arrest. However, these results may not be used as evidence in a potential trial. It is not a cri



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