Does The Mobile Breathalyzer Work?

Daren Brown
By Daren Brown | March 21, 2019
Does The Mobile Breathalyzer Work
You may have heard about the iPhone’s Breathalyzer. If you have, you probably want to know if it works, and whether it can prevent you from getting a DWI or DUI. Unless the device is used as a preventative for drunk driving; it will not prevent you from getting arrested if you are pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence. Given that fact; you might want to know a little bit more about these mobile Breathalyzers before you invest your money.

Is The iPhone Breathalyzer Effective?

The first attachment kits to offer this feature were introduced in 2009. They went by the brand name iBreath. Initially, developers were hopeful that they found a way to deter drivers from getting behind the wheel if their blood alcohol content was above the legal limit. Unfortunately, the early models of this device were bulky, difficult to use, and proved inaccurate after just a couple of readings.

Within a few months the price fell from $79.99 to $49.00. It was obvious there were some bugs left to work out. Fast forward four years and the picture has definitely come into better focus.

Apple just released a new Breathalyzer attachment this past spring. It is called the BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer. Unlike the preceding model, this one costs $150.00. The question you need to ask yourself is does it work and is it worth the money?

Is the Smartphone Breathalyzer Worth Buying?

The first clue that this Breathalyzer might be worth the purchase price is in the sensors. Manufacturers decided to use fuel-cell sensors; the same sensors that are in police issue Breathalyzers. These sensors are designed to be more accurate than the semiconductor sensors used in home Breathalyzer tests.

This unique device also has some features that a traditional model does not. You can:

  • Track your drinks by type and alcohol content
  • Set the Breathalyzer to tell you when you've reached your legal limit
  • Keep a record of your Breathalyzer readings
  • Find out how long it will take you to sober up
  • Have it tell you when to call a cab
  • Share the device with friends
  • Post your results on social media

Early reviews indicate that you can trust the results, but it is always wise to expect a margin of error when using new technology.

Additionally, be careful what features you use and how you use them. Remember, this device won't stop you from getting arrested for a suspected DUI/DWI. It is a good idea not to publicly share information recorded on the device; however; once you retain an attorney the readings might be beneficial to your legal strategy.

If you find yourself in the midst of a DWI/DUI, contact Amarillo law firm Stockard, Johnston, Brown & Netardus, P.C. Amarillo DWI/DUI lawyer Jarrett Johnston is an aggressive, successful criminal attorney. One piece of advice before you leave: If you're thinking of driving after a night of drinking, don't.

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illustration by Gabe Hale

Topics: DWI / DUI