New Vehicle Technolgy Could End DUI

An article from Vancitybuzz.com and MADD Canada discussed recent new technology which could effectively end drunk driving as we know it.

The technology is called Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, or DADSS for short, works in two ways: a breath based system or a touch-based system. Watch the video above for a more in-depth look at how the technology works.

The breath-based system detects and analyzes the driver’s breath within seconds of entering the vehicle and determines if their blood-alcohol level is within legal driving limits. The touch-based technology could be installed in the push button ignition and can detect ethanol (alcohol) levels in the driver’s finger.

Apparently, it works like this: if your car starts and it’s later determined that your blood-alcohol is too high for the legal limit, then it will completely disable the vehicle – obviously, an attention grabber for law enforcement.

The technology is slated for implementation in around 14 to 20 years.

My opinion? Completely disabling a vehicle could be more dangerous than necessary.