Device to Detect BAC Through Touch to Prevent Drunk Drivers from Starting Car on Horizon
Two companies have partnered to develop a device small enough to fit on a start button of a car that would detect a driver’s blood alcohol concentration through the skin, according to a USA Today article.
The industry group Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS) awarded a $2.5 million grant to the companies to reduce the size and cost of the bread-box sized device to make it commercially viable.
Our NY accident attorneys fully support new technology to keep drunk drivers off our highways. Bad decisions and negligence will continue to create dangers for our Binghamton drivers, but improvements such as these can help reduce the hazards.
The two companies are a Japanese company out of Auburn Hills, Michigan, Takata, and an Albuquerque-based company, TruTouch.
The device contains an infrared sensor that will, in its final form, be small enough to detect alcohol level from the start button on the vehicle. A Takata company representative stated that the device contains an infrared sensor that detects alcohol content as accurately as, but more quickly than, a blood test.
The project is in line with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) five-year joint strategy with ACTS called the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety. The initiative has a $10 million budget.
A NHTSA representative said that the device could keep drivers from operating their cars if they’ve been drinking. The spokesperson went on to say “The technology could be voluntarily installed as an option for new cars and signal a new frontier in the fight against drunk driving.”
Statistics show that approximately 11,000 people were killed in 2009 at the hands of drunk drivers. More than 300 drunk-driving fatalities were reported in New York in 2009.
Our New York injury attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, encourage Binghamton drivers to do their part in keeping our roads safe from drunk drivers. Call the police or 911 if you witness someone whom you believe to be drunk driving or exhibiting erratic driving behavior.
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