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Thinking about personal alcohol breath tests: Part II

In our last post, we began a discussion about personal alcohol breath tests. We noted that it is surprisingly easy for a responsible motorist to unintentionally drive while intoxicated. We also noted that if more Americans purchased and regularly used personal alcohol breath tests that the rates of DUI arrests and drunk driving accidents would likely drop significantly. This issue is particularly pressing given the fact that approximately 12,000 individuals perish annually as a result of drunk driving accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Personal alcohol breath tests are widely available. The BACtrack model alone is stocked in more than 15,000 stores nationwide, according to The Atlantic. It is quite possibly because many Americans are unaware of the existence of these devices that they are not purchased in greater numbers.

Much like the speedometer in your car lets you know how fast you are traveling, a personal alcohol breath testing device allows you to measure your blood alcohol content. With this information in hand, you can then make an informed decision about whether to drive, wait to sober up or find another way to reach your destination.

These days, Americans are increasingly choosing to track all kinds of personal data via electronic devices. Slim wristbands count how many steps you take per day while other devices monitor the quality of your sleep. Apps help individuals track calories and monitor how much time one spends online. Each of these tracking trends aids Americans in making healthier choices. It only seems fitting that adults who drink should consider tracking their BAC before driving if they have recently imbibed alcohol.

Source: The Atlantic, "Why Not Just Breathalyze Yourself?" Paula Vasan, Dec. 31, 2014

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