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Alcohol Sensors: A New Approach to Fight Drunk Driving

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An innovative idea can possibly decrease the number of drunk drivers hitting the road. President of British Neuroscience Association and a professor at Imperial College, David Nutt, proposed that all drivers should breathe into an alcohol sensor to check their intoxication level in order to drive their car. For someone with an alcohol problem, this may seem inconvenient but it may be a step towards saving their life or someone else’s. Drunk driving has been a problem that seems to get worse every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32% of all traffic fatalities are caused by drunk drivers. What is more disturbing is that according to the Centers for Disease Control, a drunk driver will drive drunk approximately 80 times before their first DUI arrest. By introducing alcohol sensors in cars, people who blow higher than the specified safe level would have their vehicle locked up preventing the driver from operating the car. Although these alcohol sensors would be a great tool to prevent drunk driving, unfortunately, they are not readily available. Distribution and other logistical issues would still need to be ironed out. This would require addressing the drunk driving problem from another angle. Driving drunk is very dangerous and potentially fatal. If you or someone you know has driven under the influence before, they may have an alcohol problem. Seeking treatment from an alcohol rehab center may help with the triggers that contribute to alcohol abuse and the risky behaviors that are associated with drinking. At Stepping Stone Center for Recovery, we are committed to providing exceptional medical care in our inpatient drug and alcohol rehab center. If you are struggling with alcohol please call our confidential 24/7 addiction helpline today at 866-957-4960. Break the cycle of addiction and take back control of your life.


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