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Technology hopes to reduce drunken driving

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism launched a competition last year to encourage technology start-up companies to design wearable tech devices that reduce drunken driving. The companies were told to focus on designing devices that can measure blood alcohol content via skin contact in real time. The results of that competition will be discussed below.

The grand prize was for $200,000. It was picked up by BACtrack which designed a smart-watch type bracelet that can measure BAC via sweat called Skyn. The second prize was snagged by Milo, a San Francisco start-up company founded in 2015 (a few months before the competition). Milo also designed a smart-watch but in this version alcohol-laden sweat is collected into a removable cartridge and the data is sent to your smartphone.

In short, it appears the competition was a success. Several companies were able to design technologies that are easily worn and accurate. This could greatly increase monitoring of BAC and reduce drunken driving instances. And hopefully, those who drink will use such devices to monitor their consumption and avoid getting behind the wheel when their BAC is above the legal limit. But unfortunately, there will always be those who will drive drunk and cause accidents.

If you were injured in a car accident involving a drunken driver, then you may want to speak to an attorney. An attorney can help you get the recovery that you deserve to cover your medical bills, lost wages and other damages. Drunk driving may sound like an open and shut case but you still must file the lawsuit and follow-up with the person who injured you. An attorney can handle the legal matters while you focus on your recovery and your family.

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