Too Drunk to Drive? There's an App for That

Too Drunk to Drive? There's an App for That

Android and iPhone users in Maryland can download a new app that hopefully will keep drunk drivers off the road.

It’s called ENDUI and it allows would-be drivers to estimate their blood-alcohol level, test motor skills with games and call designated drivers.

In one game, the player must press a "stop" button when a pedestrian enters the screen. The game then judges reaction time and tells the user what would have happened in a real-world setting.

"The game is meant to be a hook and pull you in. Then it's meant to give you a lesson of, 'See what can happen. Imagine if you were behind the wheel,'" Tom Gianni, chief of the Maryland Highway Safety Office, tells the Associated Press.

Cell phone game could save lives

ENDUI also encourages users to report drunk drivers and warns that "driving with any amount of alcohol in your system may impair you and be illegal."

Maryland government and police officials announced the app last week during an annual memorial service for those who have died as a result of a drunk driving crash.

"A little time spent planning before you go out can go a long way toward saving a life," says Mothers Against Drunk Driving president Jan Withers.

Alcoholism is defined as the physical dependency on alcohol and the inability to stop drinking on your own. When drinking alcohol comes before important things in your life — your family, social activities and your job — contacting a treatment center can help you develop a proper plan for recovery.

Local alcoholism treatment facilities or other substance abuse treatment centers range in price and offer various methods and levels of treatment options.

A good treatment center will offer an inpatient program to help you cope with difficult detox symptoms.

Keeping drunk drivers off the road is just the first step. Treatment, and the realization of the need for addiction treatment, will go a long way in making the roads safer.

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