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BreathAdvisor lies
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Creator Jason Knott hopes his BreathAdvisor kiosks in bars will reduce DUI-related incidents by providing patrons accurate alcohol readings ("Entrepreneur helping others drive responsibly with new business." Tribune, March 15).

I've been a club manager for 15 years, and not only will his BreathAdvisor not help drinkers drive responsibly, it will encourage them to drive impaired.

Impairment begins at 0.013. Suppose a club patron uses this machine and blows under the legal limit of 0.08. They may infer that they're good to drive, which isn't true. It provides a false sense of security.

Legally, they're not DUI, but they can still be cited for impaired driving or reckless driving. There's also the danger of "buzzed" driving.

Concerning his own arrest, Knott said, "I never would have gotten behind the wheel if I'd known I was over the limit." That's questionable. People on alcohol are also impaired mentally. In my experience, people on alcohol are more likely to think, "I'm OK to drive."

Helping others drive responsibly? Maybe not. This product seems more like a video game to entertain patrons and generate profits than a way to reduce drunken driving.

Howard Jones

Salt Lake City

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