Smartphone Breathalyzer Apps: A Blessing for Public Safety?

Beers lead to a DUICops are always on the lookout for tools that will increase public safety and help their communities. New smartphone-integrated breathalyzers seek to do just that, providing portable breathalyzers that sync to one’s iOS or android device, allowing a person to easily check their BAC level and plan their night accordingly.

The breathalyzers range in price from $15 to $200. Simple and more inexpensive options only offer a simple BAC reading, while others, such as the Breeze Breathometer, integrate with cab companies such as Uber and can hail a cab for the drinker, and claim to be law-enforcement accurate. Many of these apps give a timed countdown to sobriety, and some even provide a menu with food choices one can order while they’re out to help them sober up.

The introduction of new smartphone breathalyzers are meant to decrease the percentage of people who drink and drive. The coolness factor of these new gadgets could lead to more of the population practicing responsible drinking habits, therefore decreasing drunk driving accidents and casualties.

However, there is also the possibility of widespread breathalyzers leading to BAC level contests to see who can get the drunkest. The BACtrack mobile breathalyzer allows one to share their BAC level with their social network, which could be used to spark a giant drinking contest, and could lead to alcohol related emergencies or casualties. Cops are always on the lookout for tools that will increase public safety and help their communities. New smartphone-integrated breathalyzers seek to do just that, providing portable breathalyzers that sync to one’s iOS or android device, allowing a person to easily check their BAC level and plan their night accordingly.

The breathalyzers range in price from $15 to $200. Simple and more inexpensive options only offer a simple BAC reading, while others, such as the Breeze Breathometer, integrate with cab companies such as Uber and can hail a cab for the drinker, and claim to be law-enforcement accurate. Many of these apps give a timed countdown to sobriety, and some even provide a menu with food choices one can order while they’re out to help them sober up. 6282077864_e1b587cf3f_m

The introduction of new smartphone breathalyzers are meant to decrease the percentage of people who drink and drive. The coolness factor of these new gadgets could lead to more of the population practicing responsible drinking habits, therefore decreasing drunk driving accidents and casualties.

However, there is also the possibility of widespread breathalyzers leading to BAC level contests to see who can get the drunkest. The BACtrack mobile breathalyzer allows one to share their BAC level with their social network, which could be used to spark a giant drinking contest, and could lead to alcohol related emergencies or casualties. Then again, with the increased transparency of these BAC levels, an officer could look and see if a drunk driver knew he or she was intoxicated before they took to the wheel, and could add evidence to a DUI case.

Only time will tell what effects these new breathalyzers will have on drinking habits, if any. What is your opinion? Share below.

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