Breathalyzers and Smartphone Apps


BREATHALYZERS AND SMARTPHONE APPSIt is risky to decide to get behind the wheel if you’re not confident about your limits. Knowing your body, and what it is capable of handling, is essential if driving is a factor. There are applications available, via smartphone, to take some of the guesswork out of the equation.


Although there are several smartphone applications that can ‘detect’ your BAC, there are three very popular ones on the market. Those three applications include the BACtrack, the Breathometer Breeze, and the Alcohoot.


Your Bluetooth connectivity is the key to this device. Similar to most smartphone breathalyzers, you blow into the device and your smartphone displays your results.


This app uses a standard 20 minute differential between your last drink and your current BAC. It asks you to confirm it has been 20 minutes since your last drink, makes you take a deep breath, and then blow into the mouth of Breeze for 5 seconds. This app has several useful features. For example, it also pairs you with restaurants in the area until your BAC is under control. It will find alternative methods to get you home safely. Like: allowing you to call a cab, connecting with Uber, and even helping you get a designated driver from your list of contacts.


This smartphone app uses an FDA-registered fuel cell sensor – interestingly enough, the same technology used by police and military devices. All you need is your headphone jack, and it will begin to register your breathalyzer for your BAC amount.


Chemistry is a science and there’s not an app in the world that can be 100 percent accurate. Your body is the only true measure of your blood alcohol content. If you rely solely on a smart device, you could be in deep trouble if you decide to drive and get pulled over. Many factors play a part in how much your blood alcohol content could be, such as age, sex, and weight. These devices require some personal information to help get a more accurate reading, however, even that could prove to be deceiving. It also may depend on your alcohol tolerance, as well.

These apps can be useful tools in estimating your inebriation levels, as well as learning about your own tolerance. As long as you use them with caution, they can be beneficial. However, if you choose to rely on a breathalyzer app and a police officer pulls you over, you may find yourself in trouble. Don’t worry, the experienced attorneys at the office of Alpert Schreyer, LLC can help. Using their expert Breathalyzer knowledge and case law prowess, they may be able to have charges reduced or dropped altogether. If you need help with your case, dial (301) 708-0277 for your free case evaluation.

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