Friends Don't Let Friends Trust Drunk Driving Tech
from the my-car-won't-start-I-have-yeast-breath dept
IIDs are not new. Several states have been using the devices for years, and some automakers have debated making them standard equipment. However there's a faily massive contingent of people who believe IIDs are inaccurate, unreliable (even yeast oddly can create a false positive), and easily circumvented. There's a flood of editorials springing up in response to MADD's IID solution arguing the data simply doesn't show that these devices will have any impact on eliminating drunk driving. In fact one study by the California DMV last year argued that IIDs actually increase the risk of accidents. There's some financial tug-of-war at play under the surface of this story -- outfits like The American Beverage Institute, concerned about IIDs impeding legal social drinking on one side, with IID vendors on the other. MADD's heart may be in the right place, but just throwing technology (particularly when it's not fully cooked) at a problem isn't always enough.