Drinking and driving has been an ongoing issue, but, thanks to new advancements in technology, there will hopefully be a solution.
A California startup, Breathometer, has come up with a compact sized breathalyzer that plugs into the audio jack of your Android or iPhone. There is an app that goes along with the device that records your blood alcohol concentration and let’s you know whether or not you’re over the legal limit.
The app will keep track of your BAC so you can monitor it and figure out when you will be ready to get behind the wheel. In the future, the app will incorporate a function that will allow you to easily call a cab if you've been drinking too much and can’t drive yourself.
This clever life saver was put up on a crowd funding website, Indiegogo, with a goal of raising $25,000. Its goal may have been a bit modest considering that it has already surpassed $70,000, and there are still a few weeks left for people to submit pledges.
Although there are other handheld breathalyzers that are already on the market, none of them are like this newbie that will be hitting the public soon. Besides the fact that this device plugs into your smartphone and allows you to interact with it via an app, it also has a sleek style that traditional breathalyzers don’t possess. The tiny device can easily be hung as a keychain or stored in a pocket or handbag. It’s also available in a variety of colors so you won’t be stuck with an industrial looking device that looks like it came straight out of a cop car.
VentureBeat reported on a survey that was conducted by Breathometer and SodaHead.com that lead to some interesting results. About 64 percent of those surveyed said that they have driven while under the influence or have gotten in a car that was being driven by someone under the influence, and 67 percent of the respondents know someone who has been involved in a car accident due to someone being under the influence. The most shocking of the numbers is that 80 percent of those who responded to the survey know someone that has been arrested due to this issue. These statistics make it pretty clear that a device such as Breathometer is greatly needed.