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The Connecticut Department of Transportation announced it’s launching a pilot program to equip vehicles with sensors that can detect drunk driving by testing the air — and it’s starting with installing them in department-owned vehicles.
Unlike a breathalyzer, the new breath sensor technology does not require individuals to blow directly into a tube. Instead, the sensors are installed on the driver’s side dashboard, which allows drivers to enter the car and breathe as they normally would. According to the DADSS website, the system measures blood alcohol percentage in a driver’s breath by taking take instantaneous readings. The sensors can “accurately and reliably distinguish” between the driver’s breath and that of any passengers.