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Fighting drunk driving with new technology

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) just unveiled a device that may lower the overall number of drunk drivers. This new device is designed to prevent drunk driving by monitoring the driver's blood alcohol levels through non-invasive means. Although the device is not available to the public, it is hoped that the new technology will decrease the number of alcohol-related deaths each year.

As Tennessee readers know, a drunk driver is more likely to be involved in a car crash. If convicted of driving while intoxicated, the driver could face serious penalties, which may include jail time and loss of driving privileges. A device that prohibits an intoxicated individual from driving would prevent potential legal trouble and lower the risk of physical injury for the driver and others.

There are two non-invasive methods of blood alcohol level testing currently being tested by researchers. In one method, a device attached to a car would analyze the driver's breath to determine blood alcohol content. In the other method, a light would shine through the skin to determine if an individual could drive safely. At this time, there are no plans to make these devices mandatory for automakers after development is complete. 

Until this or a similar technology is fully developed and implemented, drivers will still be accountable for their actions if they are caught drinking and driving. If facing a drunk driving charge, Tennessee defendants should act quickly to determine a beneficial defense strategy. To better understand legal options after a DUI arrest, it is wise to seek the assistance of an experienced defense attorney. 

Source: wowktv.com, "Could drunk driving be stopped by new technology?", June 15, 2015

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