While many people use mobile apps for fun and entertainment (those “Angry Birds” titles keep rolling out like clockwork) they are also used for a number of practical purposes, such as safety. Indeed, there are even a number of survival apps out there, one of which, by Man vs. Wild star Bear Grylls, actually helped to save a man’s life when he was trapped in rubble after the earthquake in Haiti. So if mobile apps can help save people from natural disasters, it stands to reason they can also help save people from themselves, in instances such as drinking and driving.
Drinking and driving is a huge problem in the U.S., resulting in nearly 30 deaths a day, according to the CDC. And while there are many practical ways to curb this issue (employing designated drivers on nights out, eschewing cars in favor of taxis, etc.) mobile apps can now also play a role in prevention.
So with that in mind, here are some quality apps to help prevent drinking and driving and ensure a fun and safe night out for everyone.
DUI Know – free, Android
This app uses voice-recognition technology to perform a series of tests on the user similar to the field sobriety tests police officers perform. The app tests the user to see if he or she can count backwards and then gives the percentage of accurate responses. It also has a statement button that prompts the user to repeat certain phrases. The ability to repeat these phrases and numbers correctly determines whether the user is fit to drive. The app can also be used by sleep-deprived persons to check and see if they should be driving in their current state.
BACtrack mobile Breathalyzer – free app/$150 breathalyzer, iPhone
This app is unique in that not only does it incorporate an actual Breathalyzer apparatus (which connects right into the iPhone’s input jack) but it utilizes social media as well. Users simply blow into the Breathalyzer to determine their blood-alcohol content, just like any standard Breathalyzer test. However, once complete, not only does the app tell the user if he or she is unfit to drive, but it posts the results on their Facebook profile as well. The idea is that if friends and family can see the results, it will add further incentive for the user to do the right thing.
This app is a simulated Breathalyzer that calculates a person’s BAC in real time. It does this through an easy one-tap system that allows users to select and enter the drinks they are consuming as they consume them. The app takes into account height, weight and age and let’s the user know just how inebriated they have become as the night goes on. It even continues to work and update calculations if the phone is turned off.
While the above apps can certainly benefit the average drinker, nothing will ever take the place of personal responsibility. That’s why it’s important for each and every drinker to imbibe in a responsible fashion when they do decide to have a fun night out.
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