The Goal
Breathalyzers are nothing new. They've been around for over five decades. Used mainly by law enforcement to measure the blood alcohol content of a suspected drunk driver, they are but one component of the Ignition Interlock system.

Invented by Robert Borkenstein in 1953, the breathalyzer was originally part of a project, funded by the liquor industry, to determine whether a small amount of alcohol (less than two ounces) might actually improve a driver's performance. 1

There is plenty of information on the web about how these devices work so it makes little sense to include it here. Suffice to say, they operate by blowing into them, hence the name breathalyzers.

There are many different type of breath-alyzers being used today but they all oper-ate on the 
same principle of using breath to determine BAC (blood alcohol content).

Currently, ignition interlock systems, or IISs, are mandatory in most states for drivers having multiple DWI convictions. When Chris (our son) was killed in 2002, I knew then that the only surefire way to make cars alcohol proof would be if every vehicle came equipped with an ignition interlock system in place. It took little convincing of Chris' mom to assimilate the idea and in no time, she began contacting anyone and everyone who might be able to help.

The first ignition interlock device was created by the Borg Warner Company  
back in 1970.2  Today, anyone can see

that with the advances in technology, IISs are more accurate and far less obtrusive than those devices in the past.
A major hurdle has been overcome.

Our goal, or vision, is to see every vehi-cle manufactured in this country outfitted with a state of the art ignition interlock system. The sensors will most likely be embedded in the steering wheel itself, where prolonged contact with a driver's hands will be a necessity.
A break in that contact will result in a warning, and countdown to ignition lock-out.

By requiring only repeat offenders to install these units, as is the case today, the entire objective of keeping drunks off the road is doomed to failure. It is clear to see that a huge number of intoxicated drivers are flying under the radar and will continue to do so until they are either caught or end up killing someone. For more about this and other obstacles see  The Problem.