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Nice try: You can't 'beat the breathalyser' by sucking lemons, say police
30 April 2019 @ 14:36

GUARDIA Civil traffic police have exposed some of the most common 'clever tricks' used by drivers over the alcohol limit to fool officers into thinking they are sober and to try to 'beat the breathalyser' - but, bad news for anyone with little regard for other road-users' safety: they don't work.

Random breathalysing checks are often programmed ahead of major public holidays, during the start of the summer traffic exodus and the 'operation return' in September, during or after important football matches, parties or events and, less frequently, over ordinary summer evenings and weekends - but they can also crop up for no apparent reason.

You may as well cooperate, because refusing to be breathalysed is a criminal offence - and, if you've taken the decision to drive, you should be in a position not to have to worry about the test.

But the Guardia Civil says there are always motorists who think they can outsmart the police, and there will always be someone in a social group who confidently tells the others that they 'only have to do this one thing' and authorities will 'send you on your way'.

This is not clever, the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) says, because alcohol is present in 30% to 50% of crashes involving deaths, making it one of the biggest risk factors on Spain's roads.



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