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New technology could prevent drink driving

Posted on Wednesday, 2 January, 2013 | Comment icon 24 comments | News tip by: Hilander

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Finding effective ways to stop people driving their car while drunk could save many lives each year.

The dangers of drink driving have been the subject of campaigns and legal crackdowns for years. While these measures have proven to decrease the number of alcohol related deaths on the roads, there is still much room for improvement. To tackle this, a research team lead by Bud Zaouk has been researching ways in which to prevent drivers who have had too much to drink from even being able to drive their cars at all.

One potential solution would use an infrared sensor in the car's ignition to scan the driver's finger for signs of alcohol which gives off its own unique optical signature. Another idea would incorporate a breathalyser device in to the steering wheel so that it could detect the driver's alcohol levels when they sit down. In both cases, if the device detects that the driver is over the limit the car would be automatically immobilized.

"The message from police to party-goers this New Year's Eve is: "Drive sober or get pulled over."

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Comment icon #15 Posted by joc on 3 January, 2013, 1:31
We do this in Aus. Alcohol breath test ignition interlock devices for some drink drivers. However you can get around it pretty easily (Just get someone who is .00 to blow for you). To be effective the device would need to somehow I.D the driver so it's not just someone else turning the car on for them. How about a video link, linked to GPS. The driver has to show his GPS bracelet on his wrist, while blowing into the thing. And he has to pay for all of that too. Yeah!
Comment icon #16 Posted by MstrMsn on 3 January, 2013, 4:37
Well, since driving is a privilege and not a "right", I suppose who could argue any new mandate. Besides which, far too many completely innocent people and entire families are killed or ruined by drunk driving. I do question the technology, though. Nearly all technology is defeatable. They did say it could take 10 years to "perfect" it to some reasonable level. But I question even that. I would agree with some others here that MUCH tougher laws might be more effective. Not 100%, nothing is, but I think tougher laws are a better solution at this time. It's not so much tougher laws, as it should... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by Timonthy on 3 January, 2013, 9:03
How about a video link, linked to GPS. The driver has to show his GPS bracelet on his wrist, while blowing into the thing. And he has to pay for all of that too. Yeah! Hey that could work! Fingerprint scanner for ID while testing alcohol content in the blood of the fingertip could be okay.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Render on 3 January, 2013, 11:59
A so called "Alcohol Lock" has already been in practice for a while now in certain parts of Europe. Convicted drunk drivers can be ordered to have it installed in the car. The car won't start if your alcoholperentage is higher than 0.2.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Timonthy on 3 January, 2013, 12:08
i laughed at all of these... as long as alcohol is available or producible (which it will be, probably loooong after humanity has had it's time in the history of the Earth. People will find a way to drive drunk (or high, stoned, geeked, geetered, tweaked, phased, wasted, baked, hammered, pounded(lol), shmammered, schmammer-faced,et-cetera) and thus there will be people who never even get busted nor kill anyone (or even kill their car/themselves), who will die in their sleep at 81 years of age. Basically why even debate it. The laws may prevent someone from driving drunk but most people I have ... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by King Cobra 1408 on 4 January, 2013, 0:06
thats sounds like an amazing idea it would prevent accidents and saves lives but where i'm worried is that i hope and that it does not come with a tracking device or some type of tracking chip or spyware on it that allows the government to hear our conversations and etc.because i'm worried to even think how far they would go.and whose going to make them these devices by any chance?but other than that that will save lives definately though.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Paracelse on 4 January, 2013, 7:32
This system has been implemented in Colorado for several years, any second offence drunk driver has to have one but you know, as with any tech today, for any state sponsored law there are going to be 100 new ways to go around it so I call it stoopid and just another gimmick to give law makers a conscience albeit they don't have one. It's just going to make cars less affordable for everyone that's all. No technology nor laws can replace common sense. Oh and before anyone write something about loosing someone or other crap of a sort: On April 25 69 I lost my older brother to a drunk driver and o... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by andy hair candy on 5 January, 2013, 4:04
please dont remove free will from bad decision making...
Comment icon #23 Posted by joc on 5 January, 2013, 19:53
Maybe we could: Legalize drinking and driving. Make causing an accident while DUI a mandated Capital Offense...hang in public, three days after conviction.
Comment icon #24 Posted by curious_mind on 6 January, 2013, 4:52
I first encountered this topic in a debate on eQuibbly and I'm not sure if people will be happy about getting locked out of their car if the breathalyzer malfunctions. Imagine that.

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