The deadly combination of drinking and driving is tragically ironic by giving the intoxicated an excess of confidence in their ability to drive while their senses and abilities are impaired. Misplaced confidence and a lack of control have devastated many American families. Drunk driving is a devastating phenomenon of combining technology and humans.
There are numerous ways that technology has made our roads less safe by distracting drivers. Imagine a world where the implementation of technology made us all safer. Such technology is not on the horizon; it’s already here. Everybody makes mistakes, but technology can help us avoid the temptation to drink and drive by deciding when we are not capable of doing so.
The potential that the latest car technology has
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has published 241 examples of technologies that can help prevent drunk driving. Some of the devices currently available on the market can monitor for the following:
- Alcohol detection through breath or touch: MADD noted 42 examples of technologies that can detect alcohol through breath or touch. These technologies evaluate the driver and not their driving performance. These technologies are proactive and powerful when used properly.
- Driving performance of a drunk motorist: MADD identified 77 technological devices that can detect erratic driving of an intoxicated driver. These early detection systems can help prevent a tragedy from occurring.
- Head and eye movement tracking: MADD cited 122 examples of technologies that monitor the driver’s head and eyes to determine if they are driving drunk.
Monitoring how a driver is performing and how alert they seem are two major ways that technology is battling drunk driving.
If you haven’t yet considered how to best handle the drunk driving charges you face, then sorting out how you’re going to deal with them now might be ideal.