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What should I do if I am asked to take a breathalyzer test?

A previous post here examined the dangers and long-term consequences associated with drunk driving. While obviously the best way to avoid a driving while intoxicated charge is to not drink and drive, some people still fail to recognize the dangers or try to avoid the law and press their luck, putting themselves and others on road at risk.

Alcohol consumption makes it more difficult to make wise and rational decisions, which is part of the problem. After a few drinks, you may talk yourself into believing that you are okay to drive. More often than not, it is not worth the risk to yourself, your future and your safety and the safety of other drivers and pedestrians on or near the roads.

Law enforcement officials are always on the lookout and make conscious efforts to prevent drunk driving and stop those who are driving under the influence from getting into an accident and causing harm to themselves and others. This often includes DWI stops late at night and on holidays when people are most likely to be on the road after a few drinks. While there are several field sobriety tests that someone who is pulled over may be asked to take, one additional way to determine a person's blood alcohol content, or "BAC," is through a breathalyzer test.

In Pennsylvania the legal BAC limit is 0.08 percent. This is determined by several factors, including how quickly the alcohol has been consumed, a person's body type and even a person's gender. These are also factors you should consider when deciding whether to take a breathalyzer test. Oftentimes, failing to take a test is an automatic admission of guilt, but depending on what you believe the results will be, it still may be something to consider. Of course, the best plan of action is to avoid a drunk driving scenario altogether by planning alternative ways of commuting, or not drinking and driving to start.

Source: findlaw.com, "Should I Take a Blood Test or a Breathalizer Test If I am Asked?" Accessed, Jan. 9, 2017

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