Unfortunately, many don’t seem to realized the possible dangers of drunk driving until it’s too late. Teens, and even adults, tend to get caught up in the moment and assume they’re fine after a night out at the bar, and rather not take the extra steps to find an alternative way home.
The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), backed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently unveiled their newest technology that could ultimately prevent drunk drivers from operating a vehicle. DADSS and NHTSA have upgraded the power of the standard dashboard breathalyzer, so much so that it now has the power to shut down a vehicle completely.
NHTSA currently has two new systems in the testing process. The first model has the ability to take some noninvasive air samples rather than requiring a driver to blow into a breathalyzer. The second, recognizes blood alcohol level by touch as it shines a light on the driver’s finger and uses near-infrared tissue spectroscopy.