South African police are warning people against eating hot cross buns in the car after claims it could blow a positive on a breathalyser.
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South African police are warning people against eating hot cross buns in the car after claims it could blow a positive on a breathalyser.


Johannesburg, South Africa (23 April 2019) – Warning… eating hot cross buns this Easter could put you over the legal driving limit, but only for 15 minutes!

Easter is fast-approaching and Hot Cross Buns are being sold everywhere but NEVER FORGET… two bites can cause you to be over the legal limit.

A video posted to various social media pages shows South African Police Officers demonstrating how just one bite of the delicious snack can impact your blood alcohol level. The South African police officer blows into the breathalyser and shows a reading of 0.00%. He then takes a bite out of a hot cross bun before using the breathalyser again, this time returning a reading of 0.21%.

In South Africa, your blood may not have an alcohol content of more than 0.05%, which means that one bite of a hot cross bun could have you arrested this holiday season, but apparently only for 15 minutes.

There are a lot of different foods that can return false readings on breathalysers, which is why users should wait 15 minutes after eating before using the device, to ensure there are no traces of the food left in your mouth. The reason for this phenomenon seems to occur because of the yeast found in the hot cross buns – so this could also happen with pizza and bread.

So eat all the hot cross buns this holiday season… just wait 15 minutes before driving!

Watch the video below:

Sources: Hot Cross Buns | Food Facts | South African Police 
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