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Toyota is developing a car system that is aimed at keeping the roads safe from drunken drivers

Toyota is in the process of developing a system designed so that cars would be able to detect drunken drivers and automatically shut down.  According to reports, the world's current No. 2 automaker plans on fitting some cars with the system by the end of 2009. 

The detection system will be released as an optional extra. Toyota hopes that it can be installed on all car models once manufacturing prices have dropped.

New cars equipped in the system will not start if driving wheel sweat sensors pick up a high level of alcohol in the driver's bloodstream.  The Toyota system will also be able to detect if a driver is driving abnormally, along with a camera that is used to determine whether or not the driver has pupils that are dilated -- a sign that the driver may have had too much to drink.  If the system picks up any of the signals, the car will slow down and come to a complete stop.

Other car manufacturers have also been experimenting with systems that aim at detecting whether or not a driver is sober enough to drive safely. In the United States, for example, alcohol ignition-interlocks are being used for drunk drivers with prior offenses.

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RE: A Better Idea
By isaacmacdonald on 1/4/2007 3:12:38 PM , Rating: 2
You're right, no will disagree that drunk driving is idiotic. Nonetheless, as others have noted, plenty of responsible people have lapses of judgment. Draconian laws is one way to destroy the lives of such people (a list to which I think we can ad GWB)--and this is not much of an exaggeration, as the inability to get any license for the rest of one's life could easily remove 4/5ths of all opportunities for employment and advancement. Of course the other option is the introduction of rather more humane methods (like the technology this article mentions) of dealing with the problem.

I'd vote for the later method, and suspect the majority of americans would as well. This doesn't in any way contradict popular support for lowering of the legal limit, as that has nothing at all to do with instituting draconian punishments, and everything to do with reducing unsafe behavior in an effective and humane way.

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