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.
By adding this technology to vehicles, it is possible that certain demographic groups, such as commercial drivers or teenage drivers, might see a decline in drunk driving accidents. When considering how much of a difference education, enforcement, and awareness have made, it is easy to see how this new technology could easily become one of the best prevention tools on the market.
If the number of drunk driving accidents is decreased, that means fewer families will have to cope with the loss of a loved one. However, even with a reduction, there will still be people who get behind the wheel of a car when they are impaired. A victim of a drunk driving accident may want to speak to a personal injury attorney to determine what recourse is available to pursue compensation for the losses that have been sustained.