Portable Breathalyzers may prevent drunk driving

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2022 | dui/dwi

Like most adults, you probably enjoy a drink or two during occasions such as happy hour with friends, family gatherings, or watching your favorite team play. But what if one drink leads to another – and then another? Before you know it, you may be too impaired to drive. 

You are already aware of the dangers of drunk driving. But what if there was a way to prevent yourself from even getting behind the wheel after a few drinks? A portable Breathalyzer may be the answer. 

What are portable Breathalyzers?

Portable Breathalyzers are small devices that test your blood alcohol content (BAC) levels. New York State considers a BAC between .05-.07% to be driving while ability impaired by alcohol (DWAI/Alcohol) and a BAC of .08% or higher as driving while intoxicated.

Several factors determine the level of impairment, including:

  • What you were drinking
  • Your gender
  • Your size and weight
  • The amount of food in your stomach

Even if you wait a few hours between your last drink and feel okay to drive, your BAC may still be above legal limits. Using a portable Breathalyzer before you get in your car can ensure that you’re not too impaired to drive. Some models even connect wirelessly to your smartphone, so you can keep track of your BAC levels as you drink. 

Before you head out the door to meet up with friends, it’s always best to make plans to have a ride home, whether you have a designated driver or hire an Uber, Lyft, or taxi driver to get you to your destination and back home. It’s always wisest to simply not drink and drive. However, having a portable Breathalyzer may stop you from making the terrible mistake of driving while intoxicated and possibly harming yourself or others.