Can Your Smart Phone Help Save You from a DUI?

Whether you are 14 or 41, chances are that you own a smart phone. Smart phones can do some amazing things—much more than store and call phone numbers. Today, people rely on smart phone apps to help them lose weight, serve as vehicles for social networking and for turn-by-turn navigation. Each and every day it seems that a new app is developed, designed to make our lives easier. But could an app help you avoid a charge for driving under the influence or DUI?

Imagine this scenario. You are walking to your car after an evening out with friends. As you make your way to the spot where you parked your car, you start recalling the events of the night, including how many drinks you consumed.  You silently wonder if you are “okay” to drive. Do you hop in the car and hope that you are under the legal limit of .08 or do you call a friend to pick you up? Would it not be nice to be able to reach in your pocket and ask your smart phone if you are okay to drive? Well, it is possible. Several companies have developed smart phone apps that claim to be able to help you determine your blood alcohol content or BAC so that you decide whether you are ok to drive home. While some apps are touted to be better than others, none of them guarantee that you are truly “okay” to drive. Before you consider downloading one of these apps, carefully consider the following:

  • You do not need an app if you are a responsible consumer of alcohol and/or choose not to drink and drive.
  • Be suspicious of any app that claims to help you in the event you are pulled over by a police officer for suspicion of DUI. A cell phone is not going to be of much help in that scenario. You do not want to be fumbling with a phone while an officer is talking to you.
  • Although driving while intoxicated is against the law in all 50 states, certain apps are designed based on one state’s particular laws. So for example, an app based on Iowa law is not going to be of much assistance in Kansas. Keep in mind that even if the app is geared to your state’s laws, the app may not be up-to-date.

Remember, that a DUI is a serious offense. Rather than rely on an app that may or may not work—stick with a tried and true method. One “old-fashioned” way people go about avoiding a DUI is by selecting a person at the beginning of the evening who will not drink to serve as a designated driver for everyone who is drinking. Another great idea is to plan to hail a cab or catch the bus. While these two methods may not be as trendy as a smart phone app, they are much more reliable! Do not let any app replace your own common sense!

If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI do not consult a cell phone app! Only a real and experienced Kansas DUI Defense Attorney can advise you of your rights and provide you with aggressive representation. For more than 35 years, residents of Lawrence and Northeast Kansas who have been charged with DUI have trusted the Whitman Law Offices to provide them with superior legal services. Call the Whitman Law Offices today at (785) 843-9460 to schedule your free and confidential consultation. If necessary, arrangements can be made to have one of our attorneys visit you at home or in jail.


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