Are There Applications to Detect Driver Impairment?

Ever have a few drinks after work with co-workers? Were you worried about being pulled over on the way home? Photo of drink

Face it, you want to be able to enjoy local happy hours, or go out to watch a game or enjoy a romantic evening with a drink. However, the weight of knowing whether you can drive afterwards can be stressful. There are options when you are intoxicated like taxis and public transportation, but if you have only had a few drinks and you feel okay to drive, how can you check your impairment level?

Is There an App to Detect Driver Impairment?

We bring this up because recently we read a release from Arizona State University touting how the school was working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in developing a new application that would give drivers an easy way to detect impairment.

According to ASU, the school is working on an application that can be downloaded to a smartphone or tablet, allowing users to check their impairment level through neurological responses. While the application is being developed, it will use technology from tests that are currently used to gauge the impact of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

The technology works like a horizontal gaze nystagmus test, which police officers use during sobriety tests currently. The technology can determine certain jerking movements a drunk driver would make, as well as the movement of a person’s eyes. These jerking motions are called saccades or micro-saccades. The researchers working on the application hope that they are going to be able to correlate certain movements with certain levels of intoxication, better helping drivers.

When the application is released, users may be able to take a selfie and use the technology to determine intoxication levels. Additionally, researchers said they might be able to determine what items are impairing a user’s system besides alcohol, like marijuana and other drugs.

Working With an Attorney If You’ve Been Charged With DWI

Unfortunately, for drivers who may have only had a few drinks, a DWI conviction can be quite costly. If you have been charged with DWI, it may be a bad idea to “plead out” and not seek legal advice. It may cost you your job, as well as thousands of dollars in fines and possible jail time. You may also lose your driver’s license.

An attorney may be able to help you fight your charges all the way to trial if necessary. It may be in your best interest to attempt to keep your criminal record clean. Stay up to date on criminal law by following our blog or visiting our social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Julian, Crowder & Shuster, P.C. – Lewisville Criminal Attorneys


Did You Know? A Texas driver with a BAC of .08 or higher can be charged with driving while intoxicated.

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