Could Mobile Breathalyzers Prevent Drunk Driving Crashes in Colorado?

New CDOT study focuses on determining whether mobile breathalyzers could prevent drunk driving crashes.

New CDOT study focuses on determining whether mobile breathalyzers could prevent drunk driving crashes.

In an ongoing effort to prevent car crashes and save lives, officials at the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) are currently conducting a study to see how access to mobile breathalyzer devices could impact motorists’ decisions to drive after drinking alcohol.

The hope is that, through this study, Colorado motorists will:

  • Realize that even just a few drinks can be enough to put them over the legal limit and impair their abilities to safely drive
  • Make safer, more responsible choices after drinking alcohol and, in doing so, help reduce drunk driving accidents and deaths.

Details of the Study

Partnering with BACtrack,1 CDOT will be studying the choices made by about 200 participants over the course  of this summer. The participants, who were selected at random at the end of July 2016, have been given smartphone-activated breathalyzer devices (BACtrack Mobile breathalyzers). These can reportedly be used to test blood alcohol content (BAC) levels after consuming alcohol – and hopefully before the study’s participants decide whether to drive after they have been drinking.

To evaluate how (or whether) access to these mobile breathalyzers will promote safer choices, the participants will be asked to complete three short online surveys over the course of August. The surveys will specifically ask about “drinking habits, driving and their breathalyzer use.”

Providing more insight into officials’ perspective regarding this study, CDOT Communications Manager Sam Cole has explained that:

This [study] is a unique opportunity for both participants and CDOT to gain insights about drinking tendencies, and to see how a breathalyzer can improve decision-making… We hope that smartphone breathalyzers can help drinkers know their own limits and make the safe decision about driving.

Stacey Sachs, a Vice President at BACtrack, similarly noted that:

We believe that technology combined with knowledge is a powerful tool… [that] can help people make the right decisions — especially during the summer months when it’s relaxing to sit outside and enjoy a few drinks.

Preliminary results of this study are expected to be available as soon as September 2016.

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1: A company that makes breathalyzers used by Colorado law enforcement agencies

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