Inhalants are a popular drug for college students because they can come out of standard household items. They do not need to spend hundreds of dollars on marijuana when they can just open up a paint can from home to get a quick high.
When police pull you over under suspicion of driving under the influence, inhalants are one of the hardest drugs to prove. They last a short amount of time and certain items and techniques such as using the breathalyzer are not as effective here. When they pull you over, they might have to rely on their smell and sight to find something to accuse you with. This can prove problematic, as they can mistake some common car items for inhalants and land you with a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia. It is important that you are aware of these items so you do not hurt your academic future with fines and jail time.
Nail polish is one of the most common forms of inhalants and arguably the most accessible in terms of pricing and size. Many people carry a small bottle on their person, unaware that the police can use this against them if they are pulled over. Halloween is an especially popular time for different nail colors to go with someone’s costume or show off at a big celebration. Given Halloween is also a popular time for cops to monitor the roads, students should consider applying their polish before they get in the car.
Those who are graduating with more creative majors might have to stop by the store occasionally to get some paint stripper, rubber cement or model glue. As convenient as it would be to get a quick fix for a broken item, the Virginia Department of Education considers these as solvents and volatile chemicals. If you do need to carry these with you, be sure the caps or lids are shut tight so officers do not get any wrong ideas of what you have them for.
Car fluids and fuel
College students may need to stop by a store to grab some cleaner fluid and fill up the jerrycan with gasoline if their car is lacking in fuel and windshield cleaners before the winter hits campus. These are the only times acceptable where you can have them in your vehicle. Place these items in the back and keep them tightly shut, because transporting fuel containers can be very dangerous. Do not consider constantly carrying one around, because it has a high chance of emitting vapors that could land you a conviction or make your car flammable.
If you can, try to avoid having any of these items in your car. When you are on the road. If you have no choice, drive carefully to avoid having a cop exploring your car and detecting any signs of impaired driving. If an officer finds one of these items in your vehicle and mistakenly assumes that you were driving under the influence, a criminal defense attorney can help you prove to the court that you were innocent.