The magical thinking out there is that the technology underlying ride-sharing Uber will significantly reduce drunk driving. Various studies, reports The New York Times, have shown those kinds of results.
But, that approach to research doesn't understand the mind of an intoxicated person. Once on the way to excessive consumption of alcohol, most human beings don't recognize that they are impaired. The effects of alcohol block that kind of realization. That's the rub.
Sure, the bartender or a friend can push the drunks to leave their car in the parking lot and use the Uber app.
But, even then, the drunks have to buy in that they are unable to drive safely. However, the more common scenario is that drunks, for whatever reason, decide they need to go from Point A to Point B. They plan to drive their own cars. Alcohol prevents other lines of decision-making. The drunks might even be in what is known as a "blackout."
Yes, current technology can solve a part of drunk driving. The Uber app is an example. Also, already, technology is preventing drunk driving by those who have run into trouble with the law. A device has been installed on their car which detects if they are drunk. If so, the car will not start. We hear about that all the time at recovery meetings.
But, that's not enough. Just like emission equipment, seatbelts and air bags, devices preventing driving by the intoxicated have to be installed in all vehicles. Those should include not only cars and trucks but also motorcycles, snowmobiles and lawn mowers. In recovery meetings, tales of drunken lawnmover riding are not unusual.
Of course, it will add to the cost of private transportation. So?
On the front lines of lobbying for this kind of regulation could be DUI lawyers. They know how common it is for drunks to be totally clueless that they cannot operate vehicles.
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