Drunk driving destroys lives. There is simply no way around it. Drivers who choose to get behind the wheel after imbibing are putting more people's safety at risk than just their own. And when drunk driving takes innocent victims, it is especially tragic. Harris County has been left shocked when one of its public servants was killed in an accident recently by a drunk driver.
This week was CTIA 2013, the major trade show for the wireless technology industry, and a company called Cellcontrol introduced a new device it says could pretty much stop commercial drivers from talking or texting on cellphones while they're behind the wheel. The device, DriveID, integrates into a vehicle's electronics, senses when the vehicle is moving, and blocks the cellphone signal of anyone sitting in the driver's seat.
When it comes to how much you can drink and still legally drive, the current standard in Texas and all other U.S. jurisdictions has been a blood alcohol content of less than .08 percent. The allowable BAC has been at .08 since the mid-80s and 90s, after traffic safety and other interest groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving lobbied for years to have the law passed in every state.
Another medical device from Medtronic is under fire. The Food and Drug Administration has issued a Class I recall of Medtronic's deep brain stimulation, or DBS, devices because the external wires may become damaged by the very cap installed to keep them securely attached to the implanted electronics. A Class I recall by the FDA means that there is a reasonable possibility patients using the defective medical device could experience serious, adverse medical effects or even die from the fault.
No one enjoys receiving a traffic ticket, especially when it comes in the mail unexpectedly after running afoul of a red light camera. But do they at least help cut down on the number of car accidents where they're installed? Or are they, as some contend, merely a revenue generator for law enforcement?