This article was published on February 9th, 2015
Imagine for a moment that you just went out to dinner with a special someone downtown. You have 3 drinks with your dinner and you totally feel ok to drive home. After, you leave and get on the bridge out of Downtown and…
Now you’re pretty sure everything’s good right? I mean you feel a little happy but nothing that makes it weird to drive. Still, it’s nerve racking whenever you have to deal with the police. Especially if there is the possibility you could get into trouble. You roll down your window to let some air in and you try to check your breath. Here goes… The officer sticks his face right into yours like he’s going in for a kiss. He politely asks you if you’ve had anything to drink tonight. You don’t want to be caught in a lie, so you tell him you’ve had three beers with dinner. He asks you to pull over.
Shit. Shit. Shit.
Right now, your adrenaline is going. It feels like your heart wants to jump out of your chest. The officer asks you to get out of the vehicle and present his breathalyzer unit to you. He explains that he suspects you of being over the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle and you will have to blow into this device to see if that’s the case or not. He holds his unit to your face and asks you to blow. You put your mouth onto it. Alright you perverts, this is serious so stop thinking about that! You blow until he tells you to stop. Then you wait.
He tells you that you passed! Praise Jesus, Bhudda, Jehovah, Allah and whomever else makes the decisions in this universe. You just avoided a $250 ticket, loss of your license and your car for up to 3 days, $250 license reinstatement fee, towing fees and the embarrassment of being stuck on the side of the road.
Now you start thinking. You can have your license and your car taken away in minutes. That’s real. But you still want to be able to go out with your friends and have a few drinks over dinner, but you don’t want the risk of getting a DUI (driving under the influence), which could ruin your life.
Well, turns out, there are options! You can get your very own personal breath analyzer, and have similar capabilities as the police who stop you in those roadside checks. Now, before you even get into your car, you can safely and confidently know if you are legally able to drive home, without having to worry.
The technology has been pushing forward with the latest electrochemical fuel cells taking center stage in the market. These are much better than cheaper models because they are more accurate. They’re less prone to false readings, have better sampling accuracy, and last much longer because they only need to be recalibrated instead of replaced. Depending on your style there are two really decent products available that we’ve used.
CBAC manufactures a handheld unit called the 233. It comes in a tough metal briefcase, with USB car and home chargers, a long lasting lithium ion battery and extra sanitary nozzles. It’s the size of a small cell phone, light, durable and professional looking. The best part is, it is local so if you need recalibration which is recommended every 6 months, you don’t need to ship to China! The unit MSRP is $299 shipped to your door but if you call and tell them Homoculture.ca sent you, you’ll instantly get $50 dollars off. Can’t go wrong considering that’s just the ticket you’ll get for being over the legal limit.
Our second choice is sleek sexy and it works with your Android or iPhone device up to the new 6 Plus. It uses a downloaded app to turn your phone into a Breathalyzer and because you don’t have to actually blow into a tube (you blow at it), you can share with your friends. It even has an option to take selfies after your test! It works anywhere in the world. All you have to do is select your country location and it automatically sets it for the laws in that jurisdiction. It sells for $150 MSRP but once again, we linked you up with a $50 discount bringing that total to $99 shipped to your door. It even has options to save taxi numbers, designated driving services and your friends to get your hot, drunk mess home after.
Honestly, the best part for us is the owners volunteer at many major alcohol related events like Hopscotch in Vancouver. They test all guests by donation and even arrange a designated driver if they’re over the limit. That is a super classy way to end the night and you won’t ever worry if you’re going to get roasted at that roadblock.
So go out, have some drinks with your friends, or mix up some of your own HomoCulture cocktails, and know you and your guests can get home safely!