New Technology May Stop DUIs Before They Happen

Researchers are developing a new technology that will be able to sense a driver’s alcohol level, and if necessary prevent the car from being driven in the first place. The alcohol content in a person’s system can be measured by breath or fingerprints. This is a refined improvement on the “interlock” system which some states employ in the vehicles of already-convicted drunk drivers. The interlock system measures alcohol content by having the driver blow into a tube. While the benefits of this new technology would allow better prevention of drunk driving, the cost of the technology is very high, about $24 million to continue research.

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