An auto supplier in Michigan is developing a device that can detect blood-alcohol level through the skin of a driver, according to news sources.
The Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety has given Takata a $2.25 million grant to work on the device for commercial cars.
The device is currently about the size of a breadbox, which the company is working to reduce to the size of a car’s start button. The device uses an infrared sensor in several seconds to determine blood-alcohol level. Currently, it only functions at room temperature. Takata is working to cut down the amount of time the device takes as well as making sure it functions in 40 to 85 degrees. They also hope to get the cost down to $200.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 32% of America’s fatal accidents can be attributed to impaired drivers. About 11,000 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in 2009.
As a Los Angeles car accident attorney, I’m glad to see that this company is developing a product to increase safety on the roads. In my experience as a Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer, I have seen many collisions result from a person who is driving under the influence. I hope this device will begin to eliminate this issue.