An invention to stop drunk drivers
Now this is something unheard of… a device to detect drunken drivers! No, more than that actually. It actually stops the drunken drivers. Some electrical engineering students from Chennai’s MGR University have made a contraption that actually smells booze from one and a half metres away and then simply shuts off the ignition. Getting into the car drunk is quite out of the question as the car will simply refuse to move. And forget about opening that bottle of beer while in the car. The car can sense that too! It smells the alcohol, whether on our breath or in a bottle near by. I presume that this means that anyone sitting next to the driver will have to be sober too! Bad news for drinkers but a boon in India where there are no proper drunk driving laws. Here, drivers can kill six people and get only six months in jail!
The Chennai students plan to go commercial once they have worked further on the device so that it can be fitted neatly into the steering wheel or even the handle of a bike.
I wish these innovative guys the best of luck in their plans to commercialise the device. If the cops and the courts can’t do their job because of poor laws, inefficiency and corruption, well, let the machines take over!
(photo sourced from IBN Live)