Data has shown that about 40 percent of DUI’s in Colorado involve people who have previously been convicted of a DUI.
What does this mean?
It’s time for a change, and the Colorado Department of Transportation wants to take action. Their goal is to help previous offenders understand their level of impairment from the alcohol they are drinking so that they can make informed decisions about whether it’s okay to get behind the wheel, or if they should choose an alternate form of transportation.
Those who choose to participate in this study will receive a BACtrack Mobile Pro. This device is a portable breathalyzer that can connect to a cell phone application. The app has several different features that could be helpful to those who have been drinking alcohol in public. First, when you blow into the portable breathalyzer, the application will report the blood alcohol level so that the participant knows if they are above or below the legal limit to be able to drive after consumption. The other features can be used after the BAC is tracked. The app estimates how long it will take for the participant’s BAC to return to zero, but it also will allow the user to request an Uber ride.
They believe that if Colorado residents have the knowledge of their BAC level combined with how they feel at that moment will help them make better, more informed decisions later on when they choose to drink in public. With the additional features, a person could have a fair estimate of how long they would need to stay at their current location without drinking before they would be able to drive home unimpaired by alcohol.
Although this app can help participants to get a better grasp of their impairment after each drink, this app cannot do anything to stop their decision making. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that the app will stop them from driving drunk again. The only truly effective way to stop previous offenders from again drinking and driving is an ignition interlock device, or car breathalyzer. A car breathalyzer keeps a person from driving drunk by calculating the amount of alcohol that is in a driver’s breath. After the Breath Alcohol Concentration (BrAC) is processed, if the BrAC is too high, even if it is under the legal limit, the vehicle will not start because the IID is connected to the vehicle’s starter.
Even though people are continuing to create other apps that help with sharing rides and encouraging positive choices after a night of consuming alcohol, an ignition interlock device is the only thing stopping someone from making foolish decisions once they get into a vehicle. Intoxalock stresses the importance of using interlocks to make driving with the presence of alcohol impossible.