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New technology to monitor blood alcohol content

Drivers across Missouri know the dangers of having drunk drivers on the roads. New technological advances are being made in monitoring systems that can tell whether or not a person has been drinking before they get into a car, which can hopefully reduce the number of drunk drivers who are behind the wheel.

As KYHV reports, Faulkner County, Arkansas, has begun using the Check BAC monitoring system for all repeat DWI offenders. This is a breathalyzer system that connects with a person's phone via Bluetooth. Every three hours, offenders open the Check BAC app, and they take a breathalyzer while recording a video of themselves taking the test. The app can also randomly request tests throughout the day. Studies show that one-third of drunk drivers who are on the roads have driven drunk before and been arrested, so Faulkner County officials are hoping this monitoring can help keep people with alcohol issues in check, out of jail, and reduce recidivism. 

According to Geektime, a different sort of monitoring app is in production that can track a person's movements to detect drunkenness is in development at Ben Gurion University in Israel. The developer, Ben Nassi, says that his app runs in the background on a person's phone or wearable to monitor movement, and it looks for changes in the user's gait to find indicators of intoxication. The constant running of the app means it is collecting data on a user's typical behavior, which for most people would also be sober behavior, and it would not need to be turned on before a user begins drinking. This app is still in development, but so far they have been able to achieve 93 percent accuracy in testing.

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