Driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher is against the law.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,076 people died in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver in 2013. This poses the question, is there a practical way that a driver can measure their own blood alcohol levels before getting behind the wheel? With such a device, not only could one avoid a DUI, but they could also ensure safe road conditions.
The Philadelphia Daily News recently featured a personal breathalyzer called BACtrack.
States Keith Nothacker, creator of BACtrack, “Would you drive a car that doesn’t have a speedometer? That’s the level of disadvantage we all used to have, that first got me working on this product. Truthfully, there isn’t a day when you shouldn’t be drinking and acting responsibly.”
If this product proves to be effective, the results from people using it could be dramatic. As Linda Sposato, a victim services specialist for Mothers Against Drunk Driving states, “DUIs and DUI crashes are one hundred percent preventable. We don’t need to go out and find a cure. We just need people to be responsible.”