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7 things that wont trick a breathalizer

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7 Tricks You Can Use That Won’t Trick a Breathalyzer

At our firm, one of the most common questions we hear is, “What can I do to trick a Breathalyzer machine?”

It is certainly true that Breathalyzers, in and of themselves, are inaccurate. However, many individuals mistakenly believe that they can effectively trick a Breathalyzer machine into producing a lower reading. In reality, the majority of these “tricks” will have no effect on the machine’s reading. A few of these tricks will actually increase the final reading.

Here’s a look at 7 common tactics and the effects they have on a Breathalyzer’s readings:

1.       Burping Into the Breathalyzer. This tactic arises from the misconception that gas originating from the stomach contains less alcohol than the air in your lungs.Burping can actually give you a much higher result.

2.       Using Mouthwash or Breath Spray. Mouthwashes and breath sprays each contain alcohol. The Breathalyzer’s design is aimed to collect samples of air from deep within your lungs, but it can test the air from your mouth as well. Consequently, using either one of these substances can actually increase the machine’s BAC reading – making it higher than what it otherwise would have been.

3.       Sucking on a Penny. There is a common misconception that the metals a penny contains will mix with the fumes of the alcohol and create a Breathalyzer reading that is so high, the only explanation for the reading is that the machine is malfunctioning. The air sample that a Breathalyzer reads comes from deep within your lungs and is called alveolar air. The copper metal within your mouth would not produce an effect on the alveolar air from your lungs. This fact was supported by the Mythbusters from the Discovery Channel. In their 2003 experiment, the hosts discovered that a penny has absolutely no effect on a Breathalyzer reading.

4.       Eating Your Underpants. No, that is not a typo. Recently, an 18 year old resident of Alberta, Canada, David Zurfluh, tore the crotch out of his underwear and stuffed it in his mouth in the mistaken belief that he could reduce the Breathalyzer’s BAC readings. Unfortunately, he has not been the only person to do this. Many others hold the same incorrect belief that fabric placed within the mouth will absorb alcohol. Again, the breath sample provided to the machine comes from deep within your lungs, so the presence of cloth will have absolutely no effect on it.

5.       Consuming Caffeine. It is a common myth that one can sober up by drinking caffeine, specifically in the form of coffee. When a person who has consumed a good bit of alcohol drinks caffeine, they are merely attempting to make themselves more energized or alert. Your level of alertness has no effect on a Breathalyzer’s readings.

6.       Holding Your Breath. In a study entitled “How Breathing Techniques Can Influence the Results of Breath Alcohol Analysis”, it was determined that holding your breath for 15 seconds or more before blowing into a Breathalyzer machine can actually increase the BAC level reading by 15% or more.

7.       Hyperventilation. The least popular trick of these seven is actually the only one that will reduce a Breathalyzer’s blood alcohol content reading. In the same study cited in #6, hyperventilating for 20-30 seconds before offering a breath sample will reduce the machine’s BAC level by 10% or more. The reason behind this is because hyperventilation replaces the alcohol gas found in the lungs with fresh, clean air.

Despite the fact that the validity of these “tricks” has been refuted, there will still be people who try to use them. Don’t be stupid. The best method of avoiding being confronted by a Breathalyzer machine is to avoid drinking and driving altogether, but we understand that mistakes do happen.

If you are arrested and charged with a DWI in the state of New Hampshire, please contact our law offices immediately. Time is of the essence, and your initial consultation is free. We will work diligently on your behalf to achieve a positive outcome in your case.

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