15Jun 2015

Will Cars Have "Breathalyzers" As Standard Equipment?

Nissan has created a smart car that has an interesting new feature. The transmission shift knob (automatic or standard) contains a built-in, highly sensitive alcohol detection device. If the sensor detects alcohol above a certain amount in the perspiration on the individual's hand touching the knob, the transmission will lock and the car will be inoperable. Is this a good idea? The American Journal of Public Health seems to believe that it is. According to Dr. Patrick Carter, who conducted a study to determine the benefits of a built in alcohol-detecting interlock device, having this as standard equipment on all new vehicles would save about 60,000 lives over a five year period - that's 12,000 lives a year! Of course, having such a device could have its downside as well. Would cologne or perfume set it off? Will it need to be calibrated? Could law enforcement use the data it may store for the purposes of prosecution? Perhaps, ultimately, it would be a wonderful idea to have cars not move if the driver is intoxicated. If, however, you have been arrested or charged with DUI and you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Winooski, Colchester, Williston or anywhere in the State of Vermont, call the Law Office of C Jordan Handy to discuss your case.