Mobile app tells you when you’re too drunkBy Melita Kiely
A new government-funded mobile phone app has been unveiled that will allow users to gauge how drunk they are and call a taxi home.
By entering their gender, height, weight and the number of drinks consumed, the app will be able to figure out their blood-alcohol level.
In addition, two interactive games will also be included within the app designed to test reaction time and cognitive agility.
The app, titled ENDUI, also uses GPS technology to call taxis and pre-load phone numbers for potential designated drivers.
Government and police officials in Maryland, US, explained the app is being funded by federal money reserved for drink-driving education and was developed by the Maryland Highway Safety Office for approximately US$50,000.
“It’s unique,” Kara Macek, a spokesman at the Governors Highway Association, told abc News. “I think states are starting to go that route because they’re trying to reach consumers where they are and where they spend time, and everyone spends time on their phone.
“I think we’re going to see more of that as we go forward.”
New York, New Mexico, Colorado and California have also created similar apps, available for free on both android and iPhone devices.
One game involves pressing a red brake button when the image of a pedestrian passes by or a car in front stops, and measures how fast or slow users’ reaction times are.
The second shows nine road signs that blink in a different order and users are required to recite the order, which gradually increases its level of difficulty.
The blood-alcohol level estimations provide a warning to users not to get behind the wheel with messages such as: “Get a cab or have someone that has not been drinking take you home,” and “driving with any amount of alcohol in your system may impair you and be illegal.”