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The car that won't let you drive if you are drunk

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

New York, March 22: Researchers are working on an in-built blood alcohol level tester that can prevent people under its influence from driving. The team at the University of Michigan studied the impact of installing these alcohol ignition interlock devices in all newly-purchased vehicles over a 15-year period. Their estimates of injury prevention and cost savings are significant. They found that around 85 percent of the crashes resulting in deaths could be avoided. “That would mean preventing more than 59,000 deaths in US alone over 15 years,” the team reported in a paper published in the American Jourl of Public Health. Another 1.25 million non-fatal injuries would also be prevented. The cost of installing the devices would be recouped after just three years. “Our alysis demonstrates the significant public health benefit and societal cost savings associated with including alcohol ignition interlock devices as standard equipment in all new cars,” said lead author Patrick Carter from University of Michigan. (IANS)

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