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January 2014 Archives

3 Ways to Legally Beat a Breathalyzer

Although you should never, ever drink and drive, there are times when you may be able to legally beat a Breathalyzer test.

Breathalyzers measure the concentration of alcohol in your breath, which is basically measuring the amount of evaporated alcohol you push out into the air while you're breathing. However, there's nothing you can physically do, like chewing gum, to manipulate the reading.

Although pounding water when you get pulled over won't affect the reading, you can challenge the results of the Breathalyzer in court.

LAPD Adds Drug Swabs to DUI Checkpoints

In Los Angeles, law enforcement officers have begun to use drug swabs at DUI checkpoints to stem the tide of drugged driving. The swabs, which were used New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, allow officials to test for marijuana, cocaine, and other illicit substances.

But is it legal for the LAPD to use these drug swabs at DUI checkpoints?