New DUI Technology Sets Off Privacy Concerns

Guy drinking AlcoholFor many years, the Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) has been required in Illinois for certain drivers who have lost their licenses due to a DUI conviction, a refusal to blow into the Breath Alcohol Machine or a result of .08 or greater. This device, which is attached to the driver’s vehicle, prevents the driver from starting the car if a certain level of alcohol is present in the person’s breath. But other than drivers charged with a DUI, there has never before been a push to place such a device into the cars of drivers who have never been arrested for drunk driving.

That is, until now. Welcome to 2015. Big Brother has arrived and he wants to put alcohol sensors into your new car. Really. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a coalition of auto makers have been working on the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) since 2008. The technology involves a passive, factory installed system that determines the driver’s alcohol level by touch or through infrared sensors without the necessity of breathing into a device. This technology may be available as early as 2020. -So buckle up.

The experienced criminal and traffic attorneys of Sexner & Associates LLC stay up to date on the latest technologies to help best defend their clients who have been charged with DUI (also known as OUI and DWI). We know how important your driving privileges are to you and we work hard to help our clients keep their jobs and avoid interruption of their daily lives. If you would like to discuss your case, call us anytime 24 hours a day for a free consultation.

Written by Mitchell S. Sexner Last Updated : December 30, 2021