Because alcohol affects everyone differently, you can’t predict how much you’ll have to drink before you’re too drunk to drive. No matter who you are, the best guideline to follow is to not drive after drinking, period. There will always be naysayers who think they’re not ‘that drunk’ and they’re ‘OK to drive’ when you take away their keys, so it’s nice there is new technology available to back you up when you want to stop a drinking driver in their tracks.
The BACtrack Keychain Breathalyzer is now available on store shelves in Canada. Although this device will only net you around $40, it’s small enough to take with you everywhere and accurate enough to show anyone who blows in it just how much alcohol they have in their blood stream. If you want to upgrade your device, you can opt for the BACtrack Mobile Smartphone breathalyzer for $150. With this version you’ll have extra options and data available via Bluetooth.
BACtrack made news in June when they publicized data showing ‘breathalyzer selfies’ or measurements of blood alcohol levels as submitted by the BACtrack community. They found that the busiest drinking days of the year were New Year’s Eve and the summer solstice.
Although some people may think of the BACtrack breathalyzer as a cool toy, when used cautiously there’s a lot of good that can come of people using personal breathalyzers. When people choose to test their blood alcohol level or the blood alcohol level of their friends, they have cold, hard facts on how much alcohol they have in their system. That information may help them make a conscious choice to not get behind the wheel after drinking.
Personal breathalyzers can also raise awareness of the dangers of buzzed driving, because you don’t have to blow .08 to be too impaired to drive. The BACtrack has only recently hit the shelves in Canada, so time will tell if these personal breathalyzers will make an impact on drinking and driving arrests and crashes.