Drink driving is obviously something that needs to stop, and despite campaigns, police crackdowns, and common sense, people still do it. But now it might be the car itself that prevents it from happening.
Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) technology is a research project, partially led by the Federal government, that will measure the blood alcohol level of drivers before the car will even start.
It’s not a breathalyser though, it checks the driver’s breath passively via a small contraption built into the steering wheel, or by a simple touch pad on the dashboard.
An official press release said:
DADSS has enormous potential to prevent drunk driving in specific populations such as teen drivers and commercial fleets, and making it an option available to vehicle owners would provide a powerful new tool in the battle against drunk driving deaths.
It’s not as black and white as it might seem, and there is opposition to the technology. Machine error is understandably a concern, and also alcohol affecting different people at different rates – meaning that somebody could have a shot just before getting in the car, then ten minutes later it cold hit their system, but they have already passed the test to drive the car.
If the chance of error is ruled out, surely it can only be a good thing?