During the holidays, people tend to consume more alcohol than they normally do throughout the rest of the year. Therefore, they may not be well-versed in knowing when to say when - or when to avoid getting behind the wheel.
Now people are profiting off applications to measure alcohol consumption and consumers are ignoring the difficulties the government has had doing the same since the 1930s. They probably have a device in their pocket or purse and assume its measurement is accurate.
Several states have come up with various "DUI prevention" apps that can be downloaded onto a smartphone. For example, Drive Sober Kentucky features a blood alcohol estimator and a one-touch "text a friend" function to be picked up.
Zero in Wisconsin boasts similar functionality and also comes with a random "designated driver selector" for a group. Drive Sober Georgia offers a list of ride services categorized by city or county. And Maryland's ENDUI, which was just released this month, utilizes GPS technology to help you hail a nearby cab.
There are also other apps unaffiliated with state governments that can help you determine if you have overindulged. Drinktracker lets you enter your personal information and then helps you stay abreast of the drinks you have consumed; it even has a countdown timer to let you know when the alcohol has left your system. Breathaleyes purports to analyze your horizontal gaze nystagmus to estimate your current blood alcohol level (much like police do when they shine a light into your eyes during a field sobriety test). And Intoxicheck provides you with a series of "games" which test your reaction time after drinking and compares them to your results when you completed the tests sober.
While you're downloading one of these apps, go ahead and put this number into your contacts: 206-971-0067. It's the number for the Law Offices of Kevin Trombold, an attorney who focuses on assisting those Washington residents who have been charged with DUI. Think of it as free DUI insurance of a sort: you never want to have to use it, but it's nice to have it just in case! We are also happy to tell you whats wrong and inaccurate with each of these apps.