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Breathometer Smartphone Breathalyzer Wants to Decrease Drunk Driving

For the most part, drivers are getting distracted by smartphones, but developers of Breathometer wants to reverse this trend by using smartphones to prevent DUI incidents.

The Breathometer costs $20 and connects to your phone’s headphone jack. Just breath into the attachment and the mobile device connects to an accompanying app that reads your blood alcohol content (BAC) to warn you of potentially violating legal BAC levels. If you are dangerously intoxicated, the app encourages you to use alternative transportation by connecting you to local taxis and public buses.

Breathometer’s Indiegogo campagne has been extremely successful with nearly two thousand funders willing to use the device. Incentivizing drivers with insurance discounts also helps to encourage the use of breathalyzers. A recent survey by CarInsurance.com shows that 65% of drivers are willing to install breathalyzers in their vehicles in exchange for cheaper insurance rates. Read more