New Technology May Prevent Drunk Driving

Many people are killed in drunk driving accidents annually, but a new gadget may be able to prevent individuals from operating a motor vehicle after they have had too much to drink.

Recently, a Massachusetts research firm announced that they have developed a new system that keeps drunk drivers from starting their cars, according to TMC Net. The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, developed by QinetiQ, is currently in the prototype phrase. However, developers say that if it is found to be successful, it may become a common accessory found in cars within the next decade.

Instead of testing alcohol levels through a driver’s breath, individuals will be asked to use a touch-sensor pad to gauge their level of impairment through their skin. The technology will be placed on the steering wheel and door handle, designed to test drivers before they turn the key. If the driver is found to be severely impaired, the car will not start.

Drunk driving accounted for nearly one-third of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2008, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Individuals who feel that they may be dependent on alcohol are encouraged to seek assistance from a drug rehab program.