“Just one drink, relax. I’ll totally be fine to drive, don’t worry about it,” said your best friend at the that party last weekend. Think about it and be honest — how many times have you heard that before? More importantly, how many times have you said it?
Of course it’s wrong and it’s dangerous — everyone knows that. But does it stop most of us?
In the U.S., it’s against the law to be caught behind the wheel with a B.A.C. (Blood Alcohol Content) level of 0.08-percent. For your average 160-pound American, that adds up to about three drinks and on average, your body can break down the booze at about .01-percent every forty minutes. I’ll let you do the math and solve for ‘sobriety.’
Now, if only there was an affordable, discrete and reliable means of keeping track of your B.A.C. to ensure your and your friends’ safety when driving home after being out, enjoying a few alcoholic beverages?
(Cue some soft piano music.) Ladies and gentlemen, meet Breathometer, announced Wednesday morning, it is the ‘World’s First Smartphone Breathalyzer.’ Basically a headphone jack attachment that corresponds with a dedicated application, you blow into Breathometer and instantly read your B.A.C., or ‘how drunk’ you are. When you’re at a healthy number, you know you’re good to go.
From a survey conducted by the company and SodaHead.com, an “option-based discussion community” website, sixty four-percent of respondents indicated that they have either driven while intoxicated or have been in a car with a driver under the influence. Eighty-percent have fell victim or know someone who has received a D.U.I. or D.W.I.
“Breathometer wasn’t created just to address the risks associated with drinking and driving,” said Charles Michael Yim, Founder and CEO of Breathometer. “But to help people, their friends and family, all to make smart and safer choices when consuming alcohol.”
“Real time B.A.C. measurement is the first step,” stated Yim in a press release. When you’re out drinking, knowing your level of intoxication is the most crucial deciding-factor to know whether you’re able to operate an automobile. If it’s not meant to happen, the Breathometer app has plans to link users to local transportation services; don’t be a hero, just take a cab.
Breathometer founder Charles Michael Yim and his team have began an indiegogo campaign for their revolutionary gadget. Pledge levels range from $20 with an award of a Breathometer, up to $500, which comes with a lifetime upgrade of all Breathometer products. At it’s anticipated Summertime launch, it’s dedicated app will be available for iPhones and Android phones via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, respectively.
In summation, is it worth it to risk the potential of $10 grand in penalties for a D.U.I. arrest or worse — hurting or killing yourself or others on the road, all because you were unsure of how intoxicated you actually were? Along with the Breathometer folks, we think not.