New technology that was introduced at a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conference could help to put an end to drunk driving. The technology would be available as a safety option in new vehicles. It would measure a driver's blood alcohol concentration using either an infrared light or a breath test. Either method would take less than one second to complete, which wouldn't slow down sober Maryland drivers.
The technologies aren't ready for the production line yet. The method of operation still has to be finalized. The main principle of the technology is that if the driver's BAC is at .08 percent or above, the vehicle won't move. That fact alone is said to be able to save 7,000 lives each year, according to an estimate by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.