The Covid-19 pandemic does not exempt anyone from DUI charges. You can still be arrested once the officer determines that you are driving under the influence of alcohol. You will still require a DUI lawyer to provide legal representation throughout the case, otherwise you are facing fines, jail time and other possible penalties.
Meanwhile, there are emerging technologies for drunk driving prevention. The ignition interlock device is wired to a vehicle’s ignition system to detect whether the driver is over the alcohol limit. The device contains a plastic tube where the driver must blow before turning on the ignition. If the driver is above the alcohol limit, the car will not start.
The use of ignition interlock devices for convicted drivers in Oregon, Arizona, Louisiana and New Mexico reduced drunk driving deaths by 30%. The technology certainly works but there are states that do not require the device for the first offense. People are also allowed to choose between the device and reduction of license suspension periods.
Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety or DADSS program is also exploring new technology that will prevent drivers from starting their cars if they have been drinking. The Alcohol Detection System that is being developed by DADSS would be built in the interior of the car to measure the driver’s alcohol level in a fraction of seconds.
In order to accurately measure alcohol levels in a person’s system, the first method will be breath-based. It uses a red beam of light to analyze the level of ethanol molecules from the driver’s exhaled breath in the sensor on the steering column.
The second method is the touch based system that can measure blood alcohol content through the driver’s skin surface. The driver has to place his finger on top of one of the sensors on the vehicle’s ignition button or on the gear shift to detect alcohol blood content.
A knowledgeable DUI lawyer can investigate the circumstances behind the arrest. States have a legal intoxication limit for drivers which may result in harsher penalties when convicted. You can call for free legal consultation for more information on how the lawyer can help you.