Alcohol detection devices in vehicles could be a reality by 2018. This new technology is not the same as alcohol detecting ignition interlock devices. These systems are often placed in a vehicle when a person is convicted of DUI and require a driver to blow into them and register sober levels before the car will start.
Fox News Business reported two new technologies are under development that could automatically detect a driver’s blood alcohol (BAC) through touch or breath. If BAC is above the legal limit of .08, the car will decide the driver is too impaired to drive.
If we could stop an intoxicated person from driving in the first place rather than after the fact, or even worse after they’ve caused a crash, this is a step in the right direction. No one who has spent any time with a familiy whose loved one has died because of the intentional and deliberate act of someone driving under the influence (DUI) would oppose these advances. Hopes are that the touch-based and breath-based technology will be available in a research vehicle in early 2015.
In 2012, crash deaths involving drunken drivers topped 10,000, up nearly 5% from the previous year. That’s roughly one death every 53 minutes. (NHTSA). Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), whose mission is to eliminate drunk driving, serves on the blue ribbon panel to advise the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) project.