Not new,Â just new to me, The Sniffer Flashlight.Â The Sniffer flashlight is a passive alcohol sensor built into a flashlight.Â This gadget has a pump in it which sucks up the air near the suspect and alerts the officer if it detects alcohol in the air.Â Sneaky!
If you have been drinking and you come across one of these little guys, you may be in a bit of trouble. However, the device does have some inherent flaws. If you have passengers in the car that have been consuming alcohol then the device will pick it up and you might get questioned for it. If you use mouthwash, cologne, have spilled or broken a bottle/case in your car, the sniffer will pick up the scent. Because of this, many people feel that this tool is an unfair device for predicting if a driver is drunk or not. You may be required to take a field sobriety test or breathalyzer even if you have not consumed any alcohol.