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Smartphones may come to the rescue to reduce DUI risks

Drivers in Massachusetts often find themselves facing a DUI charge despite not being a habitual drinker and generally staying within their limits. How does this happen? Sometimes a person really does have one too many. Also, some alcoholic beverages affect people differently. A person who handles their whisky well but one night decides to have vodka instead, may find that their body is more susceptible to one form of alcoholic drink than the other.

CNN points out that people are also not very good at knowing their limit. Because of this, some smartphone apps are coming to the rescue. These apps can be helpful not just for repeat DUI offenders or people who struggle with alcoholism, but even people who only drink on occasion. In fact, it is not a bad idea to get into the habit of checking potential impairment before getting behind the wheel and attempting to drive home.

These apps may be especially helpful as lawmakers consider dropping the legal blood alcohol content level to 0.05% instead of 0.08%. The move was proposed by the National Transportation Safety Board. So far, a handful of states have stepped forward to follow the recommendation, but Massachusetts is not one of them.

There are a number of ways drivers can take charge of their lives and reduce the likelihood of being slapped with a DUI or OUI. While smartphone apps may be helpful, people resist advice from friends and get behind the wheel every night. Why would a smartphone stop them? These apps may, however, help to signal a pattern for people who may be in denial about potential problems with substance abuse. Whether they act on these red flags by seeking treatment is entirely up to them.

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