New technology has been created to detect blood-alcohol levels in cars!
By: Emma Trouse
Last updated: 10 June 2015
A new system has been created to detect your blood-alcohol level and if you are over the limit your car will not start.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in America have been working on a new system to reduce the number of alcohol related accidents. In the UK drink drive incidents still account for 16% of all road deaths in Britain, if this technology is made mandatory this number will reduce significantly.
Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADDS) is the programme they have created, the system has two technologies designed to detect the driver’s blood-alcohol level and if the level is above the legal limit the car will not start.
One sensor is fitted into the steering wheel or the driver’s side door. The sensor will be able to smell your breath like a breathalyser and produce a reading telling the car whether it is ok to start or not.
The second technology is a sensor located in the ignition button or the gear stick, this sensor will scan the driver’s blood-alcohol content (BAC) and if it is beyond 0.08% in England and Wales and 0.05% in Scotland and Northern Ireland the car will not start.
For more information on the technology check out this video:
Hopefully this technology will be used worldwide and reduce the number of deaths caused by drink driving.
What do you think? Will this technology work? Would you feel safer on the road if it was mandatory?
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