Breathalyzers have been used by law enforcement for years as one tool for measuring the blood alcohol level of people, especially in traffic stops. With more than a million people getting arrested for DUI in a given year, having a more accessible way to detect whether or not someone is over the legal limit seems like it would be worthwhile.
That is exactly what Charles Michael Yim has done with Breathometer, which is a company the sells a device that pairs with smart phones and measures blood alcohol content. Based in Burlingame, CA, the app has other features as well that include estimating when the BAC level will return to zero and even calling a cab.
In a recent interview with Rueters, Yim said, “Just checking blood alcohol levels can help you be more aware of your body. If you blow 0.02 percent or 0.04 percent you might think, ‘I better stop drinking.”
A small, affordable device such as this and others sure to be released can help people become more conscious of their alcohol consumption. About 10,000 people die in alcohol-related traffic accidents annually. While some may see it as a gimmick to be used when drinking, it really is a way to save lives by helping people make better decisions to drink less and not drive under the influence.