There are plenty of reasons that people fail a car breathalyzer test. In Texas, car breathalyzers can “fail” in the searing heat or a car breathalyzer can fail if you’ve been using certain mouthwashes. There’s only one way that YOU can fail a car breathalyzer, and that’s by trying to get around your court-mandated requirement.
If you’ve been drinking alcohol and you fail your Texas car breathalyzer test, your next move should be to get out of your car and find a safe ride home. Once the data is retrieved from your service provider, your probation officer and/or reporting agency will see the failed breath test and will forward the information to the court. From there, you will face additional penalties and the potential suspension or revocation of your driver’s license.
Other “fails” with a car breathalyzer in Texas include attempting to circumvent or otherwise tamper with the device. Those will quickly lead you back into a license suspension or revocation, or other penalties. Thinking of having your friend “blow to go” for you? Think again, you could both be in trouble for submitting a false breath sample.
If your car breathalyzer fails, be sure that it isn’t you who is causing the failure of the device. If you are sober, and you are still getting a failed result after submitting your breath sample, call your service provider immediately for further instruction. They can easily walk you through the process to see if you aren’t using the device correctly, or diagnose any other issues with breathalyzer. As long as you are sober when attempting to drive your vehicle, any failed tests are easily explained and will not be held against you. It’s a whole other story if you have been drinking alcohol and attempting to drive, however, and that “failure” means the car breathalyzer is doing its job and keeping an intoxicated driver (you) off the streets.