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Can you trick a breath test?

On Behalf of | Dec 11, 2018 | DUI/DWAI |

You get pulled over, and you know you’ve been drinking. As you sit in your car, waiting for the officer to come up to the window, you know there’s a good chance they’re going to give you a breath test. You might get to leave without one, but you were swerving a bit in the road and you’re worried that the officer already suspects you’re intoxicated.

What you start wondering is if you can beat the test itself. After all, if you can trick it into clearing you or at least coming back with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that is under the legal limit of 0.08 percent, you think you can get out of it.

You’re not that drunk, and the officers will not have any other proof that you are. It’s not as if you got into an accident or ran a red light. You just need to play it cool, trick the test and head on home.

It’s a myth

You may have heard people talk about all sorts of different tactics to beat the test. Some suggest chewing on breath mints right before you take it or chewing a piece of gum. Others suggest using mouthwash to clean the alcohol out of your mouth. Still others suggest eating onions or sucking on pennies, if you happen to have either one with you at the time.

None of these tactics matter at all to a breath test. They may make it so that your breath does not smell like alcohol to the officer — though, if they come up to the window and you’re quickly eating a pack of breath mints, they’ll know why — but the test still detects your BAC. You cannot trick it.

In fact, using mouthwash may even be a dire mistake. It can push your BAC even higher because there is usually alcohol in the mouthwash. It registers on the test. Some people have come up with a positive BAC reading even though they haven’t been drinking, just because they’ve used mouthwash. Imagine if you have a BAC of 0.07 and that mouthwash pushes you up to 0.08. You’re just making it worse.

What should you do?

So, what is your best course of action? What should you do in a situation like this?

Don’t try to trick the test and the police officer. It doesn’t work and you may just make yourself look guilty. You’re far better off to just look into your legal defense options.