According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, thousands are killed each year by alcohol-impaired drivers:
– 10,322 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the U.S. in 2012 – those fatalities accounted for one-third of motor vehicle traffic fatalities
– The number of fatalities from drunk driving crashes increased 4.6% from 2011 to 2012
Drunk driving is particularly notorious around the year-end holidays, where more police patrols are on alert for drunk drivers, and designated driver programs are in full swing. @smartccouncil has published information on smartphone applications developed to keep drunk drivers off the road:
* The Wisconsin Department of Transportation supports the drive campaign, ZERO IN WISCONSIN. The mobile app was developed to assist individuals who may be intoxicated to find a safe ride home, and comes in a several languages.
* Maryland has ENDUI to educate people about making good choices when drinking by estimating the user’s blood alcohol content. The app also has games to help them gauge their response times and features call buttons, for a designated driver, a taxi or to report a drunk driver.
* The Stop-DWI HAVE A PLAN app features an impairment estimator, a GPS feature for taxi service and an interactive app with four skill assessments that test a user’s mobility, reaction time, memory and accuracy.
* To report drunk drivers, use DUI CAM by placing a smartphone in a dashboard mount. The app can scan the make/model of the car and zoom in on the license plate of suspected intoxicated drivers. Once the screenshot or video is saved, it can be sent via email or texted/called in to authorities.