Don’t Let False Positives on an ADS Keep You Off the Road

California requires an alcohol detection system (ADS) for anyone convicted of a DUI. The ADS is a way to check your BAC before you drive. It won’t allow the car to start if your blood alcohol content is over the legal limit.

If you are dealing with an ADS while trying to live down a past infraction, you will want to know what things can cause a false positive. After all, you don’t want the car to block you from driving when you haven’t been drinking.

Here are a few things to avoid:

  • Mouthwash – If you want to use mouthwash, make sure you get an alcohol-free one. Even then, you may want to test it on a day when you don’t have to go anywhere to make sure it doesn’t confuse the device.
  • Strong fragrances – A strong perfume or cologne may confuse the device, so you may need to avoid wearing them for a while.
  • Cough medication – Many cough medicines contain alcohol. So like with mouthwash, find one that is alcohol-free and test it on a day you don’t have anywhere to be. In reality, if you are sick enough to need cough medicine, you probably should be staying home anyway. Thanks to the pandemic, you can get just about anything you need to be delivered to the house now anyway.

Have Your ADS Properly Calibrated By Professionals in Southern California

You also don’t want to end up with a false positive because the machine isn’t calibrated correctly. Soundiego can help. Both alcohol detection systems allowed by the state of California trust us to install and maintain their equipment. Give us a call today at 619.582.5577, or you can request a quote from our website.

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