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Sensors being developed in Virginia to detect drunk driving

Technology in automobiles is developing at a rapid rate. People in Virginia may already own vehicles that have sensors allowing them to see behind them when parking or detecting when they are swerving outside their lane. Now, a new sensor is being developed to combat a serious issue: drunk driving.

The sensor is a small air vent on the driver's side of the vehicle's dashboard. Unlike an ignition interlock device, the motorist just breaths normally, and the sensor will assess the driver's blood-alcohol content level. If it is above the legal limit, the vehicle will start, but cannot be driven. This way, motorists can still use the vehicle to charge their cellphones, so they can call for a ride from a loved one, a taxi cab or a ride-sharing service.

Time will tell if this sensor will become a common feature on automobiles. However, one must ensure that these sensors a thoroughly tested. Even then, their accuracy may be called into question. Currently, if a breath test instrument is not calibrated or administered correctly, it could lead to an inaccurate reading that, if successfully objected to, cannot be used as evidence.

No one should be wrongfully charged with drunk driving. An inaccurate reading on a breath test instrument can lead to wrongful drunk driving charges. Those accused of drunk driving can face driver's license suspension, fines and possible jail time. Therefore, it is important that those facing drunk driving charges take the steps necessary to formulate a solid defense strategy. With the right help, it may be possible to have the charges reduced or dropped altogether.

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