Despite our wishes and efforts, it’s probably going to be impossible to keep every dangerous driver from ever getting behind the wheel of an automobile. No matter what the lawmakers and the courts do, it’s inevitable that a few dangerous drivers will fall between the cracks of the criminal justice system, especially those drivers who make the choice to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.

Thousands are arrested, charged, and convicted of DWI every year in the United States, and most first offenders never become second-time offenders. Nevertheless, about 10,000 people in the U.S. lose their lives every year in alcohol-related traffic accidents, so there’s now a big push to make vehicles “DWI-proof” to prevent further tragedies. As farfetched as it sounds to make a vehicle “DWI-proof”, the technology is already available, so this could become a reality much sooner than first expected. For now, if you are charged with DWI in Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, or Rockland County, arrange at once to consult with an experienced Peekskill DWI defense lawyer.

Researchers and engineers with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety have actually been working on a DWI-proof vehicle since 2008, and many believe that DWI-proof cars will be on sale in the U.S. by 2020. In June, the Department of Transportation showed journalists two of the systems now in development. One system is “breath-based” and is comparable to an interlock ignition device. Drivers would have to blow into the device to start their cars. If the breathalyzer reveals that they have drank too much alcohol to get behind the wheel, the engine will not start and the driver will have to find another way home. A “touch-based” technology is also being developed. The system uses sensors to determine a driver’s intoxication level by scanning just below the skin of a driver’s hands and fingers.

Although this technology would greatly reduce the number of dangerous drivers on the road, it’s not perfect. Breath-based cars could easily be manipulated if the driver asks a friend to blow into the device in order to get it to start. Drivers could do the same with touch-based cars, too. If a driver is determined to get behind the wheel, it’s difficult to imagine that either one of these technologies could get in their way. Still, if these technologies were used on cars today, they would be a step in the right direction to put an end to drunk driving.

In our lifetimes, technology is making breathtaking advances, and very soon, the annual number of fatalities in alcohol-related accidents will drop dramatically if these technologies are implemented and offered to the public. “Blowing” to start your car will probably be nothing unusual in another decade. But right now, if you’re charged with DWI in the Peekskill area or anywhere in New York, arrange to consult promptly with an experienced Peekskill DWI defense lawyer. The consequences of a DWI conviction are very serious, so you should not wait to contact an experienced attorney.

By: Kimberly Pelesz

Family law and criminal defense attorney Kimberly A. Pelesz received a B.S. degree magna cum laude and an M.P.A. degree summa cum laude from Binghamton University. She earned her J.D. from Pace University School of Law in White Plains, where she was selected for Phi Alpha Delta. Her charitable activities include work with My Sisters’ Place in White Plains and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Humane Education Taskforce.

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