Volume 49, Issue 4 (July 2004)

    The Effect of Breath Freshener Strips on Two Types of Breath Alcohol Testing Instruments

    (Received 14 December 2003; accepted 14 February 2004)

    Published Online: May

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    The potential for breath freshener strips to interfere with the accuracy of a breath alcohol test was studied. Twelve varieties of breath freshener strips from five manufacturers were examined. Breath tests were conducted using the infrared based BAC DataMaster or the fuel cell based Alco-Sensor IV-XL, 30 and 150 seconds after placing a breath strip on the tongue. No effect was observed using the Alco-Sensor system. Some of the strips gave a small reading at 30 seconds (less than or equal to 0.010 g/210 L apparent alcohol) using the DataMaster. Readings on the DataMaster returned to zero by the 150 second test. A proper pre-test observation and deprivation period should prevent any interference from breath freshener strips on breath alcohol testing.


    Author Information:

    Guillen, J
    Intern, Forensic Science Services, Santa Ana, CA

    Moore, RL
    Forensic Science Services, Santa Ana, CA


    Stock #: JFS2003411

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS2003411

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    Title The Effect of Breath Freshener Strips on Two Types of Breath Alcohol Testing Instruments
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    Committee E30