Saturday, December 13, 2008

Wash Your Windows, Go to Jail

Police were surprised to discover windows-washing fluid fumes can apparently register on a Breathalyzer.

Monika Mårtensson had just cleaned her windshield when police pulled her over. She told them she had not drunk alcohol in over five years, but they are required to give her a field Breathalyzer test, which she failed. Both police and Ms. Mårtensson were shocked, so the cops let her breathe fresh air for five minutes and retake the test, which she then passed. While Mårtensson was embarrassed by the stop, she was allowed to go about her way.

A policeman told reporters, "I know that mouthwash has been found to register on the meter. There could well be [similar factors which indicate false positives]." The legal driving limit is only .02 in Sweden, compared to 0.05 across most of the rest of Europe and generally .08 in America, just in case you were thinking of using this as an excuse.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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