Smartphone Breathalyzers Could Keep Drunk Drivers off the Road

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Drunk driving is a major problem in the United States, costing the country an average of $199 billion a year. The safety concerns are huge, but there are some smartphone adaptable breathalyzers that can help minimize the chance of driving under the influence.

The Breathometer costs $50, and it works through the headphone jack of a smartphone. You blow into a hole on the device from about two inches away, and the device detects how much alcohol is in your system. The breathalyzer pairs with an app on the phone that displays your blood alcohol level and how long it will be until you are sober. It is powered by an AAA battery that lasts for about 75 tests.

The Alcohoot is a pricier option at $100, but it operates more like a standard breathalyzer test from the police. The device plugs into the headphone jack as well, but it comes with eight washable and reusable nozzles to blow into. The Alcohoot is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery that will last for up to 500 tests. The app displays your blood alcohol level and whether you are below the legal limit.

If you want to ensure you are safe to drive, having a smartphone-adaptable breathalyzer could help you assess whether you should be on the road.

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