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Smartphone Breathalyzer Survey Ends; Here’s What CDOT Discovered

Not long ago, we blogged about a study conducted by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and BACtrack, a company that makes breathalyzers for smartphones. The study involved giving free breathalyzers to random participants throughout Denver and asking the recipients to report their experiences with the breathalyzers to CDOT. Reducing drunk driving was the goal of the study, which […]

The Potalyzer is Coming – Here’s Why It Still Won’t Work

The breathalyzer is a police officer’s best friend in confirming that someone is driving while intoxicated, but it only works on alcohol. With recreational marijuana legal in some states and medical marijuana in many others, engineers and researchers have been hard at work to create a breathalyzer for pot, or “potalyzer.” Researchers from Stanford University have created […]

CDOT Hopes Free Personal Breathalyzers Will Reduce Drunk Driving

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has teamed up with BACtrack, a manufacturer of personal breathalyzers, in order to gain insight into the drinking habits of Coloradans. Through this partnership, the organizations hope to see if possession of a personal breathalyzer can prevent people from engaging in behaviors such as DUI or DWAI. The BACtrack Mobile breathalyzer […]

Breath Test Errors? In MY DUI Case? It’s More Likely Than You Think!

The breathalyzer: the do-it-yourself DUI identification tool. Popular for its ease of use, it is the police officer’s best friend when trying to collect evidence of suspected drunk driving. But nothing is perfect, and faulty breathalyzer readings have landed otherwise innocent people in jail on drunk driving charges. When breathalyzers fail, thousands of potential DUI cases can […]

How Did This Year’s Country Jam Lower DUI Rates?

Country Jam USA has come and gone, and if you’re familiar with the country music scene, you know that cold beer and banjos are often a match made in heaven. However, this inevitably leads to high drunk driving rates for attendees of the massive country festival. Statistics from last year’s Country Jam showed 238 alcohol violations; in […]

You Can’t Fool Your Interlock Device – So Don’t Try

Ignition interlock devices are essentially breathalyzers for your car, used to prevent drunk drivers from reoffending. They work by requiring the driver to blow into the device, where their breath is analyzed for the presence of alcohol. Interlock programs have been overall successful in reducing drunk driving rates, but there are some people out there who think […]

When Should I Take a Breathalyzer Test?

In the immortal words of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “To blow, or not to blow – that is the question.” Okay, we might be remembering that wrong (it’s been a while since high school English class), but it’s an excellent question nonetheless. When pulled over for a suspected DUI and asked to blow into a breathalyzer, should you? What […]

How Do Breathalyzers Work?

One of the most common methods of identifying drunk drivers – probably the most common, in fact – is the use of breathalyzers. But how do they work? How is it that a machine can tell how inebriated you are just by taking a sample of your breath? The short answer – witchcraft. Okay, not really. Here’s […]

D’oh! DUI?: Something’s Fishy about This DUI Excuse

Can you get drunk off food? A Wisconsin jury recently denied a man’s claim that he was not driving drunk, but had simply eaten beer-battered fish and that’s why his breath smelled like alcohol. The man was pulled over in 2014 due to erratic driving. The responding officer noted the odor of alcohol (from the fish, […]