07 October 2005

Drink, Don't Drive. Suck, Also Don't Drive

Sucking a Fishermen's Friend could get you into trouble
Police in Germany are warning motorists that sucking a Fishermen's Friend could get them into trouble.

It comes after a 24-year-old driver was found to be over the legal drink-drive limit during a routine control in Munich.

He was taken to the police station where blood tests found he had no alcohol in his system.

The man was released after officers found the strongest thing he had taken was a Fisherman's Friend.

Forensic doctor Thomas Gilg said the essential oils contained in the throat sweets reacted in the same way as alcohol on hand-held breathalysers.

He said in tests they found just three of the mentholated sweets could cause a motorist to test three times over the legal limit. 

Drink-driving offenses in Singapore is a big NO-NO, says in the traffice police. Kena caught and your ass will be hauled up to court. Big fine, license kena kantong and if you are suay, the courts may even throw in a free holiday-stay in prison.

As a result, it is no surprise that this topic has always been one of the favourites during coffeeshop-talk. How many kopi-sessions have we spent sitting down and hatching all kinds of hare-brained ideas in our attempt to so called "beat the system"?

If you kena blocked and pulled over at the police stop, your primary goal is to siam the breathalyzer at all cost. Coz if the breathalyzer reaches to your mouth, it is all over (assuming you have been drinking, of course). Your only hope is that you are lucky enough to get the yellow light and not the red.

Stupid as it may sound, many of us had the optimistic notion that a mint in your mouth can "fool" the breathalyzer i.e. no smell of alcohol = no alcohol.

It is akin to closing your eyes and declaring the person standing in front no longer exist. Yes, it may sound dumb thinking that popping mints will solve all your problems. However, think about this, if we are really that smart, then why are we still drinking and driving then?

Anyway, got this from Ananova and it seems that Fisherman's Friend (herein known as "The Mint") gets your into trouble with the breathalyzer, regardless.

Also, let it be known, dear fellow road users, that the machine tests for traces of alcohol in the breath and not if your breath got alcohol smell or not.

Therefore, I close this entry with this advice.

Drink, Don't Drive. Suck Fisherman's Friend, Also Don't Drive.
- Voxeros

1. Vandice left...
Friday, 7 October 2005 4:57 am ::
Wah, wu yah boh? Hmmm, menthol and alcohol... well they spell the same, is tt why???
Kekeke... You wait, I go ask the genius chemist next door and feedback...

2. JayWalk left...
Friday, 7 October 2005 8:53 am :: 
Vandice: Well, that's what the new reported. Imagine popping a mint in your attempt to siam the breathalyzer only to realised that it will do you in, regardless if you had been consuming alcohol. DOH!

3. mihuatang left...
Friday, 7 October 2005 1:55 pm
first time hear pop mint to siam breathalyzer. me thot pop mint to get rid of ciggy smell so that gf/wife/mistress/etc will not know that u smoked.

4. JayWalk left...
Friday, 7 October 2005 2:04 pm :: 
mihuatang: I ever kena pulled over once in Yishun Ring Road last time when the police officer said my breath smell heavily of alcohol. Lucky thing was I passed the breathalyzer.

Actually what happened was that I went to a pub earlier to pick up a friend who has passed out drunk already. However, to get in, I had to pay the 2-drink cover charge before they let me in. So I guess when I downed the two drinks at one go before leaving kinda raised the false alarm.

As for to siam the the gf/wife (mistress need to siam meh?), may I suggest you keep tooth brush, tooth paste and a bottle of water in the car. ~LOL

5. mihuatang left...
Friday, 7 October 2005 2:10 pm
i no need to siam, i dun sm0ke at all, not before army, not in army, not after army, not in ch1na, not at all.

6. JayWalk left...
Friday, 7 October 2005 6:26 pm :: 
mihuatang: Glad to hear that. Acherly not good to smoke in Ch1na a lot of fake cigarettes. Maybe harmful to you if you kena a fake Malborough.
Hmm.... doesn't that reeks of irony?

7. Lynne left...
Friday, 7 October 2005 8:26 pm
Many things, you shouldn't suck, while driving ...

8. ahdokboy left...
Friday, 7 October 2005 11:41 pm
drink and drive? I'm not even allowed to drive on my own, even though I've had a license for 6 months.
Cheers man, and btw, I'm back in business. :)

9. JayWalk left...
Friday, 7 October 2005 11:58 pm :: 
Lynne: Gee, you women have a thing for sucking and driving. Watch my next blog.

Ahdokboy: HEY!!! Good to see you again!!! Woo Hoo!

10. 9 left...
Monday, 10 October 2005 9:46 pm ::
i eat alot of those mints...hehehehehehe..especially after smoking..hehehehee

11. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 11 October 2005 9:59 am ::
Ah 9: You should try smoking and eating the mints at the same time. Super menthol siah....

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