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Can Your Phone Tell If You're Too Drunk to Drive?

There seems to be no limit to the amount of things that we can do with our smartphones. Developers are constantly working on new apps designed to put even more information in our hands. While some of these items have made our lives considerably more convenient, we need to be careful about how much we rely upon the services that these apps provide. Not all of the information may be accurate or help you avoid potential problems.

For example, a new app called 'BreathelEyes' hit the marketplace recently. This app promised to tell you whether or not you were above the .08 limit for DUI in Pennsylvania simply by analyzing a picture of your eye. The app examines the picture for signs of horizontal gaze nistagmus, which is evidence of impairment. Based upon the results, the app will then list a blood-alcohol content for that particular individual. The app states that it is for entertainment purposes only, and at this point, its accuracy is uncertain.

This app is drawing some criticism from law enforcement because officers believe that it may lead to more intoxicated drivers getting behind the wheel. Like apps that state where sobriety checkpoints are located, officials feel that this information is potentially dangerous to public safety. They stress that motorists suspected of driving under the influence will undergo many different field sobriety tests to check for evidence of impairment that are not measured by the app.

Those facing DUI charges need to be aware of the potential consequences of a conviction. Besides potential jail time and high fines, drivers may face increased insurance costs and may have difficulty finding employment. It is important to know how best to protect yourself to help make the best decisions for your future.

Source: WHPTV.com "Can a new app look at your eyes and determine your blood alcohol level?" Kirk Clyatt, May 21, 2012.

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