Reducing Drunk-Driving Accidents: 3 Technologies that Matter
Drink-driving accidents have cost thousands of lives. In Australia, the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics reported over 1,295 drink-driving fatalities in 2016. And in June 2018, over 600 people died from such causes, creating a pervasive issue that both policymakers and the general public need to address.
For sure, recent traffic laws have helped mitigate the number of fatalities, but it’s important to remember that not all motorists take heed of such policies. It’s only a matter of using other means to not only ensure compliance, but also to save lives.
This is where technology comes in. With the right tools in hand, law enforcers and motorists themselves can keep the fatalities from climbing even higher. Let’s take a look at the five most important ones and how they can make Australian roads extra safe.
- Smart breath test tools
When it comes to mitigating drink-driving accidents, it’s crucial to know whether a person is fit to get behind the wheel or not. Australia has very stringent rules, such that motorists are not allowed to drive when their blood alcohol concentration exceeds 0.05%.
Traffic enforcers will need accurate breathalysers to ensure compliance. Fortunately, such tools are now available to individuals and business owners operating transport services. So, when looking for the right tool for conducting breath tests, look for something that’s compact and lightweight.
- Specialized apps
It’s one thing to enforce laws, but it’s another to convince people to avoid drink-driving. Thankfully, such a challenge has been adequately addressed by all-in-one smartphone apps that promote driver education, conduct tests, and save emergency numbers. One app that really stands out is Endui. This free app comes with nifty features like games that gauge your focus.
If the app detects a high BAC level based on your performance in these games, it recommends calling the number of a taxi service or someone who is designated to pick you up. Endui is not the only app on the market that caters to drink-driving reduction. There’s also BACktrack and Educalcool which help you avoid going beyond your alcohol tolerance level.
- Air sensors
If a person has had too much to drink, would you expect him or her to willingly undergo a breath test? Clearly, it’s important to add another layer of safety by installing anti-drink driving technology in a vehicle itself. Such an idea is surely nothing short of viable.
Nissan is recently developing high-sensitivity sensors that detect the BAC level of the person on the driver’s seat. A facial monitoring system is also introduced to detect any indication of drowsiness. When the system confirms that the driver is indeed inebriated, it activates an alert, tightens the seatbelt around the driver and locks the vehicle’s transmission system.
It’s a long way to go before Nissan fully adopts such innovative technology to its future models, but its life-saving potential can set a standard for driver safety.
Technology can play a crucial role in preventing drink-driving fatalities. We just have to invest time and money in considering these tools for making Australian roads less deadly — or not at all!