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2 common myths that won’t help you pass a breath test

On Behalf of | Jun 1, 2023 | Drunk driving

A chemical test is used by the police to evaluate the blood alcohol content in someone’s body. People have the option to do a blood or urine test, but most people will take a breath test. 

A breath test, or breathalyzer is a small, portable device that police may carry around and use during traffic stops. The machine will read the alcohol on someone’s breath. If the blood alcohol content reading is too high, then the machine may indicate to the police that the driver is unsafe to drive.

Breath tests have been used for years. Because of this, many people have held  the belief that breath tests can be tricked. That’s rarely true. Here are a few myths about breath tests that you should avoid:

Drinking coffee or water to flush away alcohol

One way people will try to trick a breath test is by reducing the amount of alcohol in their body. People often try to do this by drinking coffee or water. 

While it’s good to stay hydrated when drinking alcohol, these liquids don’t reduce the amount of alcohol in someone’s bloodstream. The best way to reduce alcohol in the body is to let your body naturally metabolize the alcohol over time.

Using mouthwash to hide the smell of alcohol

Another trick people will try doing to pass a breath test is using mouthwash to hide the smell of alcohol. While the intent of this trick could be feasible, the science doesn’t often work out in people’s favor. 

That’s because mouthwash, mints, gum and perfume can contain alcohol. As a result, a driver may raise the blood alcohol content reading when taking a test.

It’s always beneficial to be aware of your legal rights during a traffic stop. If you believe your rights were violated, then you should think about seeking legal guidance.