In recent decades, lawmakers and police officers have stepped up their efforts to reduce driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol in Texas and other states. However, many people still fail field sobriety tests and breath tests.
One reason so many failed sobriety tests occur is that people believe it is possible to trick breathalyzers. It’s risky to try to fool breathalyzer tests. If you fail to do so, you will undoubtedly face an arrest on DUI/DWI charges.
Forget about these myths
Most people who want to fool a breathalyzer believe they are not intoxicated enough to pose a danger to others. As such, they may have several drinks before driving because they think they can pass a breath test based on the following myths.
- Sucking on a penny. A surprising number of Texas residents believe this will prevent a high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) reading. However, this is 100% false.
- Using mouthwash or mints. These can cover up the odor of alcohol on your breath, but they cannot reduce your BAC reading. Mouthwashes containing alcohol may even increase your BAC.
- Smoking before a test. The professional quality tools used by law enforcement personnel cannot be fooled by smoking before the test.
- Holding your breath. If you hold your breath before taking a breathalyzer test, it may actually increase your BAC by as much as 20%. It may also make you lightheaded, which could cause a police officer to suspect even more strongly that you’re under the influence.
The best thing you can do for your safety and that of others is to avoid driving after you have consumed alcohol. If you get arrested for drinking and driving, it is wise to learn more about defending against DUI/DWI charges.