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Future Atlanta Cars May Come Equipped with Sensors to Prevent DUI Accidents

This could be the future of ignition interlock devices in Atlanta.Soon, Atlanta drunk driving accident lawyers may come across cars equipped with breath and touch sensors that automatically detect the blood-alcohol level on a motorist, and prevent the car from starting if his blood alcohol level is at or above the legally allowed .08% limit. Such devices will go a long way in preventing DUI accidents. Last week, representatives of the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration attended the demonstration of an alcohol detection prototype in Massachusetts.

The demonstration involved a young woman who drank two alcoholic beverages. The beverages were consumed with cheese and crackers, in an attempt to replicate the kind of drinking that takes place in a social setting. The woman then demonstrated by breath and touch how the device can detect blood alcohol levels. Transportation Sec. LaHood, who attended the demonstration, was sufficiently impressed with the device, and called it a new arrow in the quiver of automotive safety.

At the very outset, the Transportation Secretary admitted that there were no plans to make a device like this mandatory in all vehicles. In fact, a device like this will not be commercially available for the next eight years at least. However, as Atlanta drunk driving accident lawyers, we suspect that when insurance companies find lower drunk driving accident rates among motorists who have such sensors in their vehicles, they will offer low premiums for motorists who choose to have the sensors installed in their car.

It’s too early for Atlanta car accident lawyers to tell yet how successful or reliable this device will be. However, assuming that it is reliable, this is a device that will probably find greater acceptability among the general motorist population, than ignition interlock devices have. This device doesn’t require motorists to breathe into it, and is therefore less intrusive than ignition interlock systems.