South Africans are preparing for the planned Easter festivities, as two Eastern Cape traffic officials claim to see eating a hot cross in the supermarket will result in raising reading of breathalyser tests that could put you in trouble.
One White Belt Officer Nelson Mandela tests before and after chewing gum, showing that the increase in alcohol content from zero to 0.21mg per 1,000ml.
However, according to a spokesman for the municipality of Cupido Baron, the clip is just one part of a video training and citizens can safely enjoy all their non-alcoholic treats this weekend.
"There is no way to be arrested for eating a hot cross".
Only one half of the video is shown
Explain Warren Prince, Head of Traffic and Licensing.
"A warm cross bun has raisins, sultans and yeast that ferment when consumed. When the breath test is performed immediately after eating a bun, it will register a high level of alcohol due to the effects of all these elements on the content of the breath," he said.
"However, once a test is done per minute, a reading of 0.00 will be re-registered. The social media video shows only the first part of the test to illustrate the changing officers who must be aware when testing the people with a breathing apparatus. "
Prince said the video training should have shown the difference between the mouth and the lung sample.
"Reading in a video, similar to a video made earlier in Australia, points to a sample of the mouth, not a lung sample."
Drivers should not be disturbed
He said the screening device used in the video uncovered alcoholic reading from his mouth because it was designed to collect all the small amounts of alcohol trace.
"For example, if you smuggle alcohol into your mouth, it will be registered on the screening device, even if you do not drink alcohol. Therefore, drivers should not be disturbed because tests conducted by law enforcement officers must be made in compliance with guidelines for law enforcement for official prosecutors requesting a blood sample.
"Please enjoy your hot crosses and sour fish, but be aware that we will be completely dealing with someone who will violate our traffic laws this Easter weekend."