Questions? Call Us 1-877-269-4492

FREE 2-3 Day Air Shipping
You are here: Home > Articles > Personal Breathalyzer
One of the latest growing trends is the use of a personal breathalyzer to check your blood alcohol level before you drive. This practice has been the subject of much debate as to whether it is a good practice or merely giving people an excuse to get out on the roads when they have been drinking. When used responsibly though it is believed by many that the use of the personal breathalyzer can not only save you a DUI but may help save lives overall as well. Up until recently the use of a breathalyzer was restricted to use by law enforcement, school officials and other organizations and businesses which had the need for and could afford the cost of the expensive equipment that is used to do these quests. As the technology has been perfected the personal breathalyzer has become more affordable, and can be purchased for as little as 10$. However most critics point out that you are better off purchasing a better quality breathalyzer as many of the cheaper models are not as accurate as they are supposed to be.

If you are interested in a personal breathalyzer it is important that you do your homework before you buy, make sure that every breathalyzer that you are considering is FDA certified, this is supposed to be a requirement but there are a number of models on the market that are not. Be sure to check around and see what the reputation of the company whose model you are considering. In most cases if there have been problems with the particular model you are looking at or the company you can find information about it on the Internet. Be willing to spend a bit more money on a personal breathalyzer and buy a good model that you can count on for accurate results, expect to spend at least $50 for a reliable model. Make sure that the breathalyzer has mouthpiece, this extra piece will needs to be replaced but it stops the external air from getting into the breathalyzer and keeps your results from being inaccurate. You should also consider getting a model that can be recalibrated this avoids the inevitable inaccuracy that comes with age, and ensures that your breathalyzer continues to provide accurate results.

Finally be responsible in your use of a personal breathalyzer, do not use it as an excuse to drink and drive, keep in mind that in most states you can still be charged with a DUI even if your blood alcohol is below the legal limit. This is called driving while impaired and applies to any condition where you are unable to drive because you are under the legal influence. If you have had a drink or two and need to drive, be sure that you are honest in assessing your ability to drive, if you are sure you are fine, but want to use a personal breathalyzer to be sure you are legal then this is a responsible way to use this device. Breathalyzers USA offers a complete line of breathalyzers for personal use and for use by various organizations for determining if a person has had too much to drink.