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Will Cars Take Away Your Keys if You’re Intoxicated?

There are so many different technological advances out there nowadays that we’re getting to a point where nothing that we hear or see really amazes us anymore. Cars are starting to communicate with each other, and there are more types of entertainment than there ever have been before. That being said, there are plenty of people who would like cars to have more safety features, one of the most important being features that prevent people from driving while intoxicated. This, if it came to fruition, would save up to 10,000 lives every single year.

What Would This Look Like?

automobile drunk detectorBasically, what would happen is that the minute that you stepped in your car and touched the steering wheel, it would be able to sense whether or not you had been drinking. The little pads that would be installed in the vehicle would be able to check out your blood alcohol levels, and then the car would make the decision as to whether or not you would be permitted to drive. If it determined that you should not, then it will not even allow you to start the car. By preventing even starting the car, it means that you aren’t going anywhere, and you aren’t going to run the risk of getting into an accident. Everyone, including yourself, is going to be a lot safer when you’re not even allowed on the road in the first place.

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Of course, there are some people who are very against this process. They say that it invades privacy. Others say that the technology could be faulty, which means that people would be able to get on the road that shouldn’t have been able to get on the road in the first place. It’s a big debate right now, and because many auto makers say that it could be anywhere from 10 to 15 years in the future, it’s an important conversation to be having and exploring.

What do you think? Do you think that this is something that vehicles should have available? Do you think that it will make a huge difference in the drunk driving epidemic that we seem to have in our country? Or do you think that there’s a better solution that could give us the same sort of results? Leave your thoughts in the comments and let us know what you think and how you would implement this.

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