Ignition Interlock Devices & Kombucha: What You Need to Know

Ignition Interlock Devices & Kombucha: What You Need to Know

Did you know that a drink may be sold as “non-alcoholic” while still containing low levels of alcohol? While drinks with an alcohol-by-volume (ABV) of below .05% may not affect the average consumer, they can create tremendous problems for drivers who have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in their vehicles. Kombucha, a tea containing low levels of alcohol, is one such drink and consuming the beverage may be enough to cause an IID violation.

Why Is Kombucha Problematic?

One of the central issues with drinks such as kombucha is that they are not marketed as alcoholic beverages, despite having an alcohol content of nearly .5%. The beverage can be found in most major grocers where it is advertised as a health drink and sold without age restrictions. Most manufactures adorn their products with colorful labels that draw no attention to the listing of the drink’s actual alcoholic content.

At first glance (or even habitual viewings), the average consumer may buy and consume kombucha while being unaware of its alcoholic nature. Kombucha may currently be the most popular beverage of its kind on the market, but it is far from the only drink or foodstuff which may contain enough alcohol to set off an IID.

Other items which might lead to a failed IID test can include:

  1. Probiotic drinks such as Kefir
  2. Kvass, a soda-like beverage
  3. Cold medicine such as certain cough-syrups
  4. Expired fruit drinks which begin to ferment

If you have an IID installed in your vehicle, you cannot afford to take any chances. You are responsible for each and every test required and by always checking the label on foods, you can avoid accidentally setting off your device.

Legal Representation for IID Violations

Failing a breath test can have severe consequences. Even when you believe that a misunderstanding has clearly occurred, setting the record straight is not as simple as making a phone call to the managing company. Once the device registers that you have failed a test, the authorities may become involved.

If you have been notified of an ignition interlock device violation or have been accused of driving while intoxicated (DWI) after consuming kombucha, do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Samuel R. Terry. The firm’s lead Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer has substantial experience defending clients against drunk driving charges and can provide you with a powerhouse defense.

Call (817) 882-9977 and talk to an attorney about your legal options.