I don't drink. ever. (well, a friend of mine better summed it up with I don't imbibe, as obviously I consume fluids on a fairly regular basis.) however, that's not why I'm horrified by drunk drivers.
I don't know how many people saw it, but the MythBusters did an episode in which they got all liquored up in a police lab and tried various things to beat the breath test, and nothing worked. (actually, the mouthwash made them "blow" higher, significantly so, which the cop said was grounds for an automatic retest--and probably a blood test, too.) still, people show up on the board over there on a regular basis asking if such-and-such (often something on the episode . . .) will beat the breath test. we tend to give them the same response every time.
1) no, it won't beat the breath test. those machines are not new technology; they've been around for decades, and if there was some obvious way to dodge it, the kinks that permitted it would have been worked out by now.
2) apparently, cops are supposed to watch you for a significant time (15 minutes in some jurisdictions) before administering the test, presumably to make sure you don't stick anything in your mouth before taking the test.
3) drinking and driving is both illegal and stupid. I would go so far as to call it immoral. (immoral and illegal being, as I'm sure most of you would agree, not the same thing.) drinking lowers your capacity to reason. correct me if I'm wrong, but that's half of why people drink. and knowing that, you then get behind the wheel of more than a ton of fast-moving steel? there's no way anyone can not know that driving drunk isn't safe. to do it anyway . . . well, I'm hesitant to use the word "evil," but I'm strongly tempted.
oh, and .08 is legally drunk is Washington.
Candy . . . it's possible that the cops in that place are crooked, but it's also possible that you still were legally drunk. I don't know (and without knowing your body size, I don't think any of us can). but you're right--you should have fought it at the time. still, I don't think threatening to sue after they offered to reimburse you for your cigarettes and lighter was politic.
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