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Drunk driving app released in United States

The State of Wisconsin's Department of Transportation has released a new app for smart phones designed to help drivers avoid DUI charges and dangerous accidents. Because of the high number of crashes involving alcohol and arrests for DUI, DOT officials hope that this app will help bring car accident fatality and injury numbers down.

The app is called "Drive Sober" and was released in March prior to St. Patrick's Day, traditionally a holiday involving large numbers of DUIs. The app is free for both iOS and Android users and offers a blood alcohol estimator, a game to select a designated driver, and local weather data.

The app can also help Wisconsin residents locate a safe way to travel home if they find they have imbibed too heavily. Using a GPS feature, the app can help users contact taxi services or find bus schedules. There is also the "impairment goggles" feature that allows users to view the effects of increased alcohol intake. The app is part of the state's "Zero in Wisconsin" campaign to prevent DUI accidents.

Victims who have been involved in a car accident in which a driver was under the influence of alcohol may be entitled to monetary damages. While criminal charges are often made against DUI drivers, these charges usually do not include much if any compensation for victims for medical bills and other costs. A personal injury attorney may be able to help victims collect damages for these costs from the drivers who caused their injuries through negligence.

Source: Asia Pacific Future, "App to discourage drunk driving released in US," Sumedha Jalote, March 20, 2013

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