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Personal breath test devices can help reduce drunk driving

On Behalf of | Jul 16, 2020 | DUI |

Getting behind the wheel after drinking can be a costly mistake if you have had one too many. We often defend clients against drunk driving charges. 

The Chicago Tribune reports that having a personal breath test device can help you avoid driving while intoxicated, making it safer for you and those around you. 

Fact vs. myth 

Most people set a limit for themselves and often feel normal after a couple of alcoholic beverages. Even if you think you are okay to drive, the alcohol in your blood could tell a different story. The truth is, only time can reverse impairment. Despite this fact, many people believe popular myths, such as the following: 

  • Some coffee will help me sober up. 
  • I only drink beer or wine, not the hard stuff; it does not affect me as much. 
  • After splashing some cold water on my face, I am good to go. 
  • I am bigger, so I can drink more without an issue. 

These statements and more that you have likely also heard are untrue. If alcohol is present in your system, it can impair your judgment and slow your reflexes. 

Breath test device features 

When considering a purchase, keep in mind that consumer-grade testers are no match for those used by law enforcement. Look for devices with fuel cell sensors. They are more expensive than the semiconductor oxide sensors, but they also last longer. Keep the testing environment as contaminant-free as possible by choosing a unit with a disposable mouthpiece, or use a new straw each time you test. Additional features such as one-button operation and active testing can make the product easier to use and more accurate. 

A DUI conviction can stay on your record for years, affecting your employment opportunities and obtaining a loan. Visit our webpage to learn more about legal strategies that are often successful in defending against drunk driving charges.