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News : Anti-Drunk Driving Technology From NHTSA

The number of intoxicated drivers on the road each day and night hasn't exactly dwindled over the years. In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in alcohol-impaired- driving crashes, an average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every 52 minutes.

Receiving a DUI "is probably one of the worst things you can have" on your record, said Peter Moraga, spokesman for the Insurance Information Network of California.

In California, it can remain on your driving record for up to 10 years, which can have a major impact on your auto insurance rates.

And not to mention, they are insanely expensive. Getting one could set you back between $5,000 and $12,000 -- Oh, but that's IF you don't harm yourself or anyone else with your mistake.

At a recent event, the The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed the prototype of two candidates for the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) tech that it's been developing since 2008.

One is an unobtrusive breathalyzer mounted either on the steering wheel or the driver-side door that can detect the alcohol content your breath even if you don't lean in closely.

The other is a touch sensor embedded in an ignition button or a gear shift that scans your finger for your BAC. Both car add-ons are capable of detecting whether your BAC is beyond the legal limit of 0.08 (the legal limit in all 50 states), and both of them are designed to keep you from taking the car anywhere if that's the case.

The number of intoxicated drivers on the road each day and night hasn't exactly dwindled over the years. In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in alcohol-impaired- driving crashes, an average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every 52 minutes.

Receiving a DUI "is probably one of the worst things you can have" on your record, said Peter Moraga, spokesman for the Insurance Information Network of California.

In California, it can remain on your driving record for up to 10 years, which can have a major impact on your auto insurance rates.

And not to mention, they are insanely expensive. Getting one could set you back between $5,000 and $12,000 -- Oh, but that's IF you don't harm yourself or anyone else with your mistake.

At a recent event, the The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed the prototype of two candidates for the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) tech that it's been developing since 2008.

One is an unobtrusive breathalyzer mounted either on the steering wheel or the driver-side door that can detect the alcohol content your breath even if you don't lean in closely.

The other is a touch sensor embedded in an ignition button or a gear shift that scans your finger for your BAC. Both car add-ons are capable of detecting whether your BAC is beyond the legal limit of 0.08 (the legal limit in all 50 states), and both of them are designed to keep you from taking the car anywhere if that's the case.

There is still a lot of work to be done, and not everyone is pleased with the system just yet.

American Beverage Institute, a restaurant association, believes DADSS won't be able to effectively curb drunk driving.

Their Managing Director, Sarah Longwell, told The Detroit News that it "will simply stop many responsible social drinkers who have a glass of wine with dinner from starting their cars," since BAC rises as alcohol gets absorbed into your bloodstream.

To be clear, the agency will not require automakers to install the system when it's ready. In fact, many automakers are developing anti-drunk driving technology of their own.

NHTSA head Mark Rosekind just hopes that after it gets tested on government vehicles in a few years, people would find it useful or even necessary.

Don't hold your alcohol-infused breath though. This whole process will take a while, since the agency believes research and development of the final product could take five to eight years more.

For the time being, there are other options to prevent yourself from driving while intoxicated.

You can take your pick from a number of companies to pick your drunk butt up from the bar. Even if you haven't had much to drink, spending an extra few bucks on an Uber or Lyft is way cheaper than getting a DUI.

Breathometer is also a great device that you use with your smartphone to detect your BAC. Think of it as your own personal breathalyzer that'll help stop you from making bad decisions.

Whatever way works best for you, whether you use a ride-sharing service, tell your friend to guard your car keys with his life, or use Breathometer to know when you're officially at your limit-- don't get behind the wheel after drinking.

Period.

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