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Personal Breathalyzers may not prevent DUI arrests

Avoiding the consumption of alcohol remains the very best method of avoiding a drunk driving charge. However, we live in a social world where it is common to enjoy a few drinks with friends while away from home. Unfortunately, this can lead to an arrest and possible conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Many of our friends here in Colorado Springs ask if purchasing a personal Breathalyzer could save them from a DUI arrest and subsequently protect residents from an accident. The answer we usually give is, maybe but not always. As we said above, avoiding alcohol while away from your home is always the best way to avoid DUI charges.

If you do choose to go ahead and buy a personal Breathalyzer, our drunk driving defense attorneys recommend the following tips when shopping for a device.

  • Look for units approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • Choose a portable device small enough to keep with you at all times
  • Look for personal Breathalyzers with clear, easy-to-read displays
  • Consider a unit recommended by or used by law enforcement personnel and medical professionals

We applaud people like you who show concern for public safety, but at the same time, we also urge you to avoid placing all your faith in a simple device. In many cases, these devices may not be as accurate as are the field Breathalyzer tests used by law enforcement. We encourage you to continue reading our website resources for more information about drunk driving defense in Colorado.

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