As the drinking and driving laws in Omaha get worse motorists work even harder to think of ways to get out of an arrest for driving under the influence, or DUI. Urban myths and misconceptions are everywhere when it comes to purported tricks for beating a Breathalyzer. The truth is that the only sure way to prevent a DUI conviction is to refrain from drinking and driving; however, if you do drink any amount of alcohol and then drive you should at least know some of the things you should not do in an attempt to prevent an arrest or beat the breath test. Using mouthwash to avoid a DUI arrest in Omaha, for example, is at the top of the “do not try” list.
When a police officer pulls you over for any reason there are certain clues the officer will look for that indicate you may be driving under the influence. Things like slurred speech, the presence of alcohol containers in the vehicle, and the smell of alcohol on your person are all indicators that you may be drinking and driving. While it may be too late to hide the beer cans, and you may not be able to do much about your speech, you might decide that masking the smell of alcohol can be done by using mouthwash. There are two reasons why this doesn’t work.
First, alcohol is absorbed into your blood stream after you ingest it. Once the alcohol is absorbed the smell associated with it can be released when you breath out or even when you sweat. That is why you often still smell like alcohol the morning after you drink to excess. Drinking mouthwash as you are being pulled over might mask the smell of alcohol that lingers in your mouth; however, it cannot hide the smell of alcohol trapped in your lungs or the smell of alcohol present in your sweat.
Second, and of even more importance, the mouthwash you use might actually contain a significant amount of alcohol itself. In fact, some commonly used mouthwashes contain over 25 percent alcohol. Ingesting a mouthwash that contains alcohol can be counterproductive if you goal is to beat the Breathalyzer test. If the officer is convinced that you have been drinking and driving you will be taken in to the station or jail and asked to comply with a breath test. Ingesting mouthwash that contains alcohol shortly before taking the test dramatically increases the odds of producing a high BAC level, precisely the opposite of your desired result.
If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI in Omaha, consult with an experienced Omaha DUI attorney as soon as possible. For a free case evaluation, contact Petersen Law Office 24 hours a day at 402-513-2180.
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