You’ve probably read about crazy impaired driving stories involving a drunk driver’s choice of vehicle – from hot pink Barbie cars to Zambonis, people have been arrested for impaired driving on all types of transportation. But what you may not have read about are the crazy impaired driving myths involving how to avoid receiving an impaired driving charge in the first place.
Some impaired driving myths are just too incredible to be believed, but year after year they make the rounds and people take them as fact before they really look into whether or not they are true. Case in point? One 55-year old Barrie, Ontario man recently swallowed a penny before submitting to a breathalyzer test.
Why would he do that? Although you’d have to talk to him to get a definite answer, odds are he believed that swallowing the penny or having a penny in his mouth would decrease the effects of alcohol and let him pass his breathalyzer test. Unfortunately for him and the thousands of other people who may have tried the same thing, it doesn’t work.
Other ways people have used to bypass or cheat their way to a positive outcome on a breathalyzer include holding their breath while blowing, burping while blowing, and according to Snopes.com, one man even ate his undershorts in the hopes it would soak up the alcohol in his body.
In this case, the man who sucked on the penny and eventually swallowed it was charged with both impaired driving and obstruction of a police officer. An impaired driving charge in Ontario will net the man a driver’s license suspension, vehicle impoundment, and an ignition interlock when he does receive his driver’s license back.
The moral of the story? The only way to pass a breathalyzer test is to be sober. You can suck on all the pennies you’d like, but if you have any alcohol in your system at all, you just may be receiving an impaired driving charge.