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Are there ways to trick a breathalyzer?

There are many theories about ways to "beat" a breathalyzer test. In this article, we will look at some of the common theories and discuss whether they would work to help you in the future. 1. Sticking a penny under your tongue - The theory is that copper in the penny will throw off the breathalyzer and result in a favorable reading. This is not true. The copper doesn't affect the reading whatsoever and the law enforcement officer will likely check your mouth to make sure that you don't have anything in there before the test is administered. 2. Breath Fresheners, Mints, and Mouthwash - These will help cover the odor of alcohol, but won't help with the actual breathalyzer test. In fact, s

New Fines for Drivers in the Left Lane, But Not a New Law

Several new laws went into effect across the Commonwealth of Virginia on July 1st. One of those laws was HB2201 which set the fine for failing to drive on the right side of the highway at $100.00. The bill changes the language of Virginia Code Sections 46.2-802 & 46.2-804. For the purposes of this article, I will only be focusing on Virginia Code Section 46.2-802. Prior to the passing of this bill, Virginia Code Section 46.2-802 read: Except as otherwise provided by law, on all highways of sufficient width, the driver of a vehicle shall drive on the right half of the highway, unless it is impracticable to travel on such side of the highway and except when overtaking and passing another ve

Venus Williams' Fatal Accident: The Difference Between Civil and Criminal Liability

On June 9th, Venus Williams was involved in a car accident that resulted in the death of 79-year-old Jerome Barson. Most outlets reporting on the accident were quick to report that Venus Williams was "at fault" in the accident. The facts as I generally understand them are that Ms. Williams entered an intersection under a green light. Due to traffic, she was unable to clear the intersection and was forced to stop in the middle of the intersection. By the time traffic had moved and she could clear the intersection her direction of travel no longer had a green light. She continued through the intersection as Mr. Barson, riding as a passenger, came through the green light perpendicular to Ms.


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