Sunday, April 22, 2018
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

New technology could prevent drink driving

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

Image credit:

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."

  View: Full article

 Source: CBS News

  Discuss: View comments (24)


Recent comments on this story
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.

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:


Mind control documents released by accident
A file recently released by the US government contains information about 'psycho-electric weapons'.
'Bizarre' squid seen alive for the first time
The NOAA's Okeanos Explorer vessel filmed this extraordinary cephalopod during a recent expedition.
Work on lunar space station to begin in 2019
NASA has revealed that its ambitious Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway will launch as early as 2022.
Cows could end up as world's largest mammals
Scientists have warned that cows could eventually become the largest remaining mammals on Earth.
Other news in this category
Mutant enzyme breaks down plastic bottles
Posted 4-17-2018 | 11 comments
Scientists have inadvertently created a mutant enzyme capable of breaking down common waste plastics....
Google AI can now pick out voices in a crowd
Posted 4-16-2018 | 2 comments
The search giant has developed new software that can isolate individual voices in a crowded room....
Scientists solve mystery of Giant's Causeway
Posted 4-14-2018 | 7 comments
Volcanologists have succeeded in recreating the area's distinctive hexagonal columns in a laboratory....
Elon Musk warns of 'immortal AI dictator'
Posted 4-9-2018 | 29 comments
The SpaceX CEO has warned of a future ruled by an unstoppable AI that could ultimately destroy mankind....
Antarctic snowfall has increased, study shows
Posted 4-9-2018 | 1 comment
Scientists have revealed that snowfall in Antarctica has gone up ten percent over the last two centuries....
Hawaii 'lava dome' revealed in throwback image
Posted 4-8-2018 | 6 comments
This remarkable dome of churning molten magma was photographed in Hawaii by the US Geological Survey....
AI experts boycott 'killer robot' research lab
Posted 4-5-2018 | 5 comments
A university in South Korea is allegedly working with a defence company to build autonomous killing machines....
MIT cuts ties with brain preservation company
Posted 4-3-2018 | 1 comment
Nectome is aiming to preserve the brains of dying people via a process that will prove fatal to the patient....
Brain implants could make telepathy a reality
Posted 4-2-2018 | 19 comments
A leading surgeon believes that we will gain the ability to read each other's minds within as little as 20 years....
Crack suggests that Africa is splitting in two
Posted 4-1-2018 | 11 comments
A huge crack that opened up in Kenya recently has indicated the beginnings of a new continental split....
Spider-inspired robot can both walk and roll
Posted 3-30-2018 | 7 comments
A company in Germany has developed an impressive spider-like robot that has a unique way of getting around....

 View: More news in this category
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 © 2001-2018
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ