Drunk driving could be one of the reasons of accidents that happened on the road. To minimize the number of road accident caused by it, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is coming up with a technology which will not allow driver to even start the car if he or she fails the alcohol test.
The agency recently unveiled the prototype of what is called Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) which consists of two parts. One is an unobtrusive breathalyzer which can be mounted on either steering wheel or the driver side door. It can detect alcohol from your breath even though you sit quite a distance from it whereas the other one is a touch sensor which installed either in the ignition button or gear shift which will measure the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) from your finger. Both devices are capable to detect whether your BAC is more than the legal limit of 0.08 and if it is over then it will not let you start the engine.
It seems like a good solution to drunk driving, however, American Beverage Institute’s Managing Director, Sarah Longwell, argues that it would simply stop many responsible social drinkers who have a glass of wine with dinner from starting their cars.
As carmakers are coming up with their own anti-driving technology, NHTSA head, Mark Rosekind, mentioned that the agency would not require them to use their system and there are still a lot of things to be tested and improved thus it would take a while to be released for public use.