Phone app designed to prevent drunken driving

DOT app estimates blood alcohol content

Published On: Mar 16 2013 11:42:19 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 16 2013 03:24:03 PM CDT
Smartphone app estimates BAC
MADISON, Wis. -

A new phone app is designed to help keep drunken drivers off the road.

The "Drive Sober" app launched by the state Department of Transportation allows motorists to estimate their blood alcohol content and select a designated driver. The app also has a function to find a safe ride home that uses the phone's GPS to provide contacts for nearby taxi, mass transit and designated-driver services.

It also includes a simulation showing the physical effects of being drunk.

The department is touting the app in advance of the St. Patrick's holiday weekend.

A free download of the app -- available via iTunes and Google Play -- is online at www.zeroinwisconsin.gov.