Peter Blair | April 20, 2016 | DUI
Interesting news hit Iowa nearly two years ago when an application came to light known as the “Oh Crap” App. There was controversy over the subject and many people wondered, “Does the app prevent drunk driving or does it actually promote it?” The reasoning behind this is because the app was actually devised by lawyers as a way to educate the public on what they can do and what rights they are entitled to when they are pulled over for suspected drunk driving. Something known as the “Oh Crap” button is to be pressed to record 15 minutes of audio so that lawyers can access the recording and make a determination on whether or not any rights have been violated and if a defense can be built in court.
Iowa law enforcement was made aware of the app and believed that it was not in the best interest for people to use. Many officers stated that they do not believe any app that condones giving people tips on how not to be pulled over for drunk driving will never end well.
Many people would take one look at the app and realize that they could get away with drunk driving, right? Well – there are some apps that actually help combat drunk driving and work for the greater good. You may not be aware of them but they are out here, and we’re bringing them to you! DrinkTracker may be one of the most well designed apps to combat drunk driving thus far, helping drivers monitor their alcohol intake as well as working with Maps to help provide directions or commute instructions so that the target is able to make it safely back to their home. DrinkTracker is based solely on estimates, but can be an extremely useful tool for many when they are out and about with friends.
Have a Plan combines knowledge with road smarts. Users will input a list of names and numbers that they can contact if they are too impaired to drive so that they always have a ride. The GPS will also be integrated to call taxi services wherever the user happens to be. There are also quick, little snippets of information on DWI facts and myths.
SaferRide takes a simplistic route. Some of the apps mentioned, many believe, are too difficult to use when overly intoxicated. This is a legitimate worry so the developers of SaferRide have made it easy to follow when somebody is extremely impaired after a night of drinking. It consists of three very simple buttons to call taxi services, friends, and a GPS to locate where you are in real time.
Alcohoot actually takes BAC readings on-the-go like a personal and mobile breathalyzer test. With this determination, it is easy for a user to decide where they want to go next.
Uber is a very popular app that has made its way into modern technology. This on-demand car service allows users to contact a driver that can take them to their desired location, such as a restaurant or home. Plus, you don’t have to worry about having cash on hand because there are a variety of payment options. You have options when you have been out on the town drinking with friends or family. You never have to get behind the wheel of a car illegally and risk your own life as well as the lives of others. However, if you or someone you know has been involved in a drunk driving accident, you should always have options available to you. Call a lawyer you can trust today. At The Law Office of Peter Blair, we are waiting to hear from you.