Four Things That Can Result in a False Positive on Your Alcohol Detection System

An alcohol detection system (ADS) is required by the court system in California if you want to get behind the wheel again after receiving a DUI. These systems check to ensure your blood alcohol levels are within the legal limits before you can drive. You certainly don’t want to get another DUI, which can lead to large fines and even jail time. But you also don’t want to be sidelined because of a false positive.

With that in mind, let’s consider a few things that could cause the ADS to think you have been drinking when you have not been. While inconvenient, you may need to avoid these things when you are going to have to drive.

  1. Mouthwash – Brushing and flossing will have to be enough to keep your teeth clean. Try breath mints or chewing gum to keep your breath fresh without setting off the device.
  2. Cough medicine – Many cough medicines contain alcohol. This is especially true of the nighttime version of cough suppressants. Cough drops, on the other hand, are a better way to control the urge to cough when you have to drive.
  3. Fragrances – You may have to forgo your cologne or perfume.
  4. Fermented foods – The fermentation process is used in making alcoholic beverages and may occasionally confuse the device.

Legally Calibrated Alcohol Detection Systems in California

ADS and Smart Start are the only two companies you can get your system from. However, they have local suppliers depending on the city you live in. In San Diego, both companies recognize Soundiego for installing, maintaining, and keeping your alcohol detection system properly calibrated. To learn more, give us a call today at 619.582.5577, or you can request a quote online.

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