Think about your morning routine. You probably brush your teeth and eat breakfast. You might even gargle some mouthwash to be sure that your breath smells as fresh as possible. For truckers, including mouthwash in their morning routine could spell trouble because most mouthwashes include alcohol as an ingredient.
When a police officer asks someone to submit to a breath test to determine his or her blood alcohol concentration, the test is carried out on a breath testing device commonly called a Breathalyzer. Courts accept the results of this test as evidence of a person's BAC, but the police department has to show that the machine can produce results that are reliable.
Any amount of alcohol in your system starts to impair you. Even with a blood alcohol level of only .02, you probably feel more relaxed than normal and your judgment is slightly impaired. By the time you reach .08, though, the impact can be much more severe.
When a person is arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, it is believed that the arresting officered made an accurate decision based on field sobriety tests. But did you know that some health concerns, such as diabetes, could lead to a false conclusion by a police officer?