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App Claims to Determine Drivers' Blood Alcohol Content

Everyone knows if you booze you lose if you're driving, but now there's an app that can determine how drunk you are before your reach for your keys.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Everyone knows if you booze you lose if you're driving. Now there's an app that can determine how drunk you are before your reach for your keys. It's called "BreathalEyes." The program tracks your blood alcohol content by measuring eye movement. Developers claim the app is almost as accurate as a breathalyzer. Police disagree.

School is out and more people hit the roads during the summer. Shelby County deputies say they see more drunk drivers at this time of year. That's why University of Memphis students found the app "BreathalEyes" to be useful.

"It prevents unnecessary troubles with the law, DUI’s, and you know school issues,” said a U of M student Raphael Smith.

The app works by taking a series of pictures of your eye to determine how drunk you are. Developers warn the app is strictly for entertainment purposes but drivers told ABC 24 News they think it's still a good idea to have on your phone.

"Well if it works, it would be a way for them at least to know they're too drunk to drive,” said driver Rob Thornton.

"Anything that would make people stop and think before they get behind the wheel would help,” said another driver Patrick Lacey.

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and Shelby County deputies weren't sold on the new app.

"There's an app for everything and we feel like our equipment is a lot better so we're not going to necessarily trust an app,” said Shelby County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Chip Washington. "Our message is, not to worry about apps but to worry about the common sense aspect of this. If you're going to get behind the wheel of a dangerous weapon, which an automobile can be, that you do not consume alcohol."

App developers say even though it's not 100 percent accurate, it gets people thinking before driving. The app is available for iPhones and the Android. It costs 99 cents to download.
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