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Technologies that mitigate drunk driving

On Behalf of | Sep 7, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

Technology has become so commonplace that it can be difficult to remember how we functioned without it. To use technology in the past involved sitting behind a computer. These days, technology is in the walls of our homes, in our clothing and flying through the air wirelessly. We are virtually swimming in technology. 

According to Moore’s Law, the number of transistors incorporated in microchips doubles every two years, while the cost of computers is cut in half. Technology is being used to tackle a variety of social problems, including drunk driving.

Ignition locking devices

This technology is not new and has been utilized by the court as a requirement of probation for numerous drunk drivers. This device tests the breath of the driver before being allowed to drive. Incorporating breathalyzer technology into the ignition systems of vehicles has saved untold lives. 

Autonomous Vehicles (AV)

Driverless cars have started to be implemented nationwide. Numerous taxi services specialize in AVs. Calling a taxi when one has had too much to drink is nothing new, but calling a taxi that is driven by Artificial Intelligence (AI) is.  

Alcohol odor sensors

Nissan has announced alcohol odor sensing technology that was incorporated into their concept car. The future may have such technologies automatically integrated into vehicles as a standard. Not only do these technologies use odor, but also sweat from a person’s hands as they touch different parts of the car necessary to drive. 

The future and the present

Technology has followed Moore’s Law since 1965 and is on track to continue into the distant future. The idea of technology doubling in capacity every 2 years gives hope that social issues like drunk driving may, someday, be a thing of the past. 

Meanwhile, if facing challenges and consequences of driving under the influence, it can be helpful to have professional guidance that is experienced in defending those charged with DUI or DWI in North Carolina. 

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