Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Binaca: Surprisingly Potent

Today I had to attend a CLE on the Ignition Interlock Program. None of that is important. What is important is that the people putting on the presentation did a demonstration of how the ignition interlock system works.

For those unaware, ignition interlock is a device that you would hook up to your car steering wheel and before you can start your car you blow into it and if your reading is .02 or higher, the car won't start. Additionally, the device beeps every 20 minutes while driving and if you blow a .02 or higher at any point, then the next time you shut off the car it wouldn't start back up. It's likely that the ignition interlock could become mandatory in Minnesota in a few years for DWI and DAR offenses. But again, this is not the point of this post.

The point is that the peeps putting it on did a demonstration. First demo, the guy blows into it and...PASSES. He was not drunk. But, he wanted to show what happens if you are drunk. So, he takes out binaca, sprays once into his mouth, then blows into the machine. His alcohol reading: .30! .30! For realz! Word to the wise, if you are pulled over, don't spray binaca into your mouth directly before doing a PBT.

Also, when he whipped out the binaca I wanted to tell him that 1993 called and wanted their super strong breath freshener back. Who uses binaca anymore?

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