According to estimates from various states around US a first DUI or Driving Under the Influence of alcohol offense costs from $5,000-$24,000. This expense pales in comparison to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics showing that of the 33,561 fatalities in traffic crashes in the US last year, 10,322, or 33%, were caused by drunk driving.
Smartphone Breathalyzer Can Save Lives, Property
Clearly the true cost of drunk driving is paid by the people whose lives are ended prematurely with loved ones and friends left to grieve for the rest of their lives from the loss and the ever present memory of a loved one’s unimaginably violent death.
It is always said that technology can be used for good or bad and in this case a smartphone breathalyzer costing just $50 could save a lot of lives, heartache and expense.
You Choice: Your Smartphone Breathalyzer Or A Cop’s
A company called BACtrack has created Vio, a smartphone breathalyzer for alcohol testing small enough to fit on a keychain and smart enough to transmit your body’s alcohol content via wireless Bluetooth to your iPhone or Android smartphone.
Vio works using sensors, a small mouthpiece, and simple electronic components to sample, screen, isolate and analyze breath content searching for proteins and other markers that reveal alcohol use and calculate the percentage of blood-alcohol.
Vio went on sale on July 15, 2014 with BACtrack selling personal, professional and smartphone breathalyzers in more than 10,000 retail stores in North America and 25 countries worldwide.
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The following video walks you through the Vio:
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