An iPod Breathalyzer Just in Time for New Year’s?December 29th, 2008 by josh farley
For $79, those of you with iPhones and iPods can purchase a breathalyzer that will, within five seconds, deliver a number said to be your blood alcohol content.
Proponents call it a device that could save lives. Opponents see it as a false sense of security (photo by coolmaterial.com).
The Newport Beach, Calif.-based company’s CEO had this to say about the device:
“We don’t want people to think that this makes it all OK,” said Don Bassler, CEO and founder of David Steele Enterprises, to The Los Angeles Times. “But it’s a safety device that we hope people will use, and it may save lives.”
Here’s the view of Marsha Masters, head of the Kitsap chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers:
“What a crazy idea, and who will be held accountable when the machine says they’re under the limit, but they are still really impaired, then crash, injure or kill someone?”
She lives with this simple mantra: “If you drink, don’t drive, if you drive, don’t drink!”
Where do you fall? Is this device useful or dangerous?