Is new drink-driving technology a breath of fresh air?
We may be able to unearth the best car insurance deals on the market here at InsureAnts HQ, but you have to keep your end of the bargain up too.
Of course, we know that most of you are careful and sensible drivers, with probably the odd boy racer among you (hey, we can even find you a cracking quote for your souped up Citroen Saxo).
However, when it comes to driving your car after having a few drinks, that’s something you have to think hard about.
We all know that drinking and driving can be a deadly business, but according to a recent report on the BBC, a man who used to give advice to the government about drink and drugs has come up with a bright idea.
Professor David Nutt reckons cars should be fitted with special sensors which will require you to breath into them before the car can start. If you are over the limit, then the car won’t start and you’ll have to make other travel arrangements, like get the bus or call a taxi.
How frustrating is that? You’ve got a perfectly good car, with probably a load of petrol or diesel in it – and we all know that isn’t cheap – and you’re still left to shell out for a taxi. Still, it will have made the roads much safer to have one less drunk driver whizzing about.
In theory, I reckon it’s a good idea, although I’m not too sure what GrAnt’s car would do if he breathed into it after his Sunday night curry, washed down with prune juice.
Apparently, they have something similar in operation in other countries. They’re called alcohol ignition interlock devices. But these are only for people who have been convicted of drink driving offences.
Professor Nutt, however, wants to nip the problem in the bud before it gets going. “You could potentially have it so that was true of all cars – everybody would have to breathe in [to the device] before they were able to drive away,” he told the BBC.
“You hear about terrible accidents when four or five young people die simultaneously in the one car because the driver’s been drunk. It could save a lot of lives.”
At the end of the day, if it saves lives, then it can’t be a bad thing. Okay, so it might inconvenience you if you’ve had a few the night before and your car won’t start in the morning. But isn’t that better than driving while still under the influence and potentially causing an accident?
Even if you don’t injure yourself or somebody else, you could see your insurer slap on an extra few quid to your premium come renewal time.
There is the argument that it may not cure the long-term problem of people drinking too much, but surely if your car won’t start a few times, you should quickly get the message to cut down on the booze.