Just in time for the new year, The New York Times has published an article on the range of smartphone breathalyzers now on the market, pitting BACtrack Mobile and two other units against a police officer's $890 unit.
The article begins with a well needed disclaimer and background on why people drink and drive far too often:
"While nobody should operate a vehicle if they have consumed alcohol, the reality is that many people choose to drive after a few drinks because they don’t feel impaired and believe they have not reached the legal limit... which is 0.08% in all states."
In conjunction with California Highway Patrol Officer Sean Wilkenfeld, the author proceeds to test the accuracy of the smartphone breathalyzers. Her method is the very same we use at BACtrack in our own quality control testing. She consumes a known quantity of alcohol, then tests herself with Officer Wilkenfeld's $890 alcohol breath detecting device. Subsequently, she tests herself with a number of other smartphone breathalyzers to see which result most closely matches the police officer's unit.
"In testing the devices, only one was spot-on with the police-grade model," she reports. And that device is our very own BACtrack Mobile.
The article closes with wise words from Officer Wilkenfeld: “You shouldn’t drive if you’ve been drinking, period.”
Read the full article here.
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