Will personal breathalyzers catch on?

A U.S. company sells personal breathalyzers. Despite the fact that they are available in retail stores many may not be aware that they exist. Some have apps that correspond with smartphones and their convenient size makes it possible to carry them with you in a pocket or on a key ring. Some models cost between $30 and $50.

Despite the accessibility of the personal breathalyzer and the belief on the part of researchers that the devices could cut into the number of people who drink and drive, they have yet to catch on. This has undoubtedly led to drunk drivers taking to the road and causing car accidents.

These car accidents are an issue. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 12,000 people die annually in crashes involving alcohol. Losing a loved one in such a senseless manner is hard for most to handle. Following these incidents it is not uncommon for family members left behind to sue the drunk driver for wrongful death. Though all would likely agree that money cannot replace a person who is loved it could make things much easier for those left to determine how to move forward.

Source: The Atlantic, “Why Not Just Breathalyze Yourself?” Paula Vasan, Dec. 31, 2014