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Federal Study Uses Computer Sensors to Prevent Drunk Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released study results that compare various types of computer sensors and evaluate whether these sensors would be useful in preventing drunk driving.

In each case, computer sensors were attached to vehicles, where they recorded information on the vehicle’s speed, its position in the road, the driver’s acceleration, braking, and steering. Sensors used in some of the tests also recorded data on the driver’s eye movements and body movements, based on the same information that police officers look for during field sobriety tests.

The government’s tests with the sensors revealed that, while they could pick up some information about whether or not drivers were driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), they also had a number of problems. For instance, the sensors had difficulty adjusting when cars went from rural to urban areas or from pavement to dirt or gravel roads. They also needed to be calibrated to each individual driver, making it harder for drivers to hand off control of the vehicle to someone who was not intoxicated.

Technology like breath tests and ignition interlock devices play an ever-increasing role in identifying and monitoring drunk drivers. If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI in New Hampshire, an experienced New Hampshire drunk driving attorney can help build an aggressive defense on your behalf to obtain the best possible outcome for your case. For a free and confidential case evaluation, call Tenn And Tenn, P.A. today at 1-888-511-1010.