It’s absolutely alarming how many individuals have been convicted of a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) or a DUI (Driving Under the Influence). What’s even more alarming is the fact that there are thousands of people who aren’t caught driving drunk or who have received more than one DWI!
Think DWIs aren’t a big deal? Check out these stats from Don’tDriveDrunk.org:
- The average drunk driver will drive drunk 87 times before being pulled over
- Approximately every 48 minutes a person is killed by a drunk driver
- 32% of all traffic deaths occur as a result of alcohol
Thankfully, some states are now offering the opportunity to have alcohol detectors installed in vehicles belonging to people who have been convicted of a DWI/DUI. The Determinator is one such device. This ignition interlock device will automatically stop drunk driving. As the driver enters his car, the Determinator will analyze breath samples. If the driver’s BAC (blood alcohol concentration) level exceeds the legal level, then the vehicle will not start.
With over 2.5 million drunk driving convictions each year, the Determinator may just be the tool that will help keep people safe. If you choose to drink, think twice before getting into that car!