New Car Tech Could Stop Drunken Drivers

As if there were not enough problems for the poor diabetics already, another one springs a surprise! Although it was known that people suffering from diabetes and hypoglycaemia are more prone to cause accidents, due to impaired judgement, they were never banned from driving under the law.


However, what upset their applecart was the recently discovered fact that diabetes can cause you to fail a breath test. This is because a diabetic attack mimics the action of that of an intoxicated driver. Such people can face unjustified arrests under DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired) and DUI (Driving Under Influence).


Detecting drunk driving


A breathalyzer test is a way to ascertain DUI, but is not always accurate. This is the reason why the police confirm it by using blood screening, after a driver fails the field sobriety and breathalyzer tests.


In addition to the newly discovered diabetic attack mimics drunk driving, the breathalyzer test may also show increased BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) level, when…


  • You weigh heavier than an average adult, since heavier men are able to dilute alcohol concentrations in their blood quicker, than their trim and slim counterparts, including women.


  • You drink alcohol on a full stomach. Since, 20 percent of alcohol is absorbed by the stomach wall and the rest by small intestines, a full stomach slows down the absorption rate.


  • You consume alcohol too quickly. The faster you drink, the faster your BAC reaches the peak. An average liver has the capacity to metabolize 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 5-ounce shot of 80-proof spirit per hour. Anything more will show on the breathalyzer device.


  • You have taken medications containing alcohol, such as cough syrup and others.


New technology to detect drunk driving


Won’t it be swell, if there was a means to detect your own intoxication level, before you take the wheel? Well, read on for the good news...


New technologies have been developed that are capable of intelligently detect a driver’s BAC, before allowing him or her to start the vehicle. This technology includes touch devices and breath analyzers that have the ability to instantly detect BAC of the driver, thereby saving him from the cops and accidents.


This technology is a step forward from the ignition interlock devices that are effective, but at the same time embarrassing. This technology may not be available anytime soon, and if it does it may not be implemented across the board. At the most, it may be an optional safety feature, much like other systems, such as lane departure warnings, automatic braking, and the like.


Effect on DUI cases


There is an apprehension that criminal defense attorneys, specializing in DUI defense, may have to find another niche for themselves. Nothing can be further from the truth. Despite the popularity of Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing platforms that have made travelling safe for those fond of alcoholic beverages, the cases involving drunk driving have not decreased.


Why is this so? There can be several explanations for this:


●          One explanation is that those drunk declare themselves fit to drive to project that macho image.

●          Second, they may be too drunk and not be in a fit state of mind to choose the ridesharing options.

●          Third, they may be wanting to save on money on ridesharing by risking to drive themselves home.

●          Fourth, they may not want to take the trouble of coming back the next day to take their vehicles.


However, all these explanations do not work in the court of law. And the police are not far behind in upgrading their technology to catch drunk driving. One such technology is to detect drunk drivers by means of laser beams!


It is not as farfetched as it sounds. Polish scientists have developed a laser that is capable of detecting alcohol vapor in cars being driven on the road, as they pass by! Although in early stage of development, this laser technology not only detects alcohol vapor in the car, but also from which passenger it is emanating – front seat or back seat.

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