Latest in Gear

Image credit:

Ohio drunk drivers ordered to install Uber or Lyft

Having a ridesharing app at the ready could keep offenders out of their cars while drunk.
Rob LeFebvre, @roblef
June 14, 2017
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Drunk drivers may have a new consequence for getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. They'll still face stiff penalties like fines, mandatory driver's prevention programs and possible jail time, of course. However, according to The News-Herald, Ohio Municipal Court Judge Michael A. Cicconetti has been ordering those convicted of Operating a Vehicle Impaired (OVI) to download ride-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft as part of his sentencing. They must also enter their credit cards into the app as a condition of probation.

"If you can save one person from getting another OVI, one person from getting into an accident, one person from hurting somebody else, it makes sense," Cicconetti told The News-Herald. "It's just common sense. It doesn't cost anybody anything to install it and activate it, and it's far cheaper than paying the thousands of dollars you'd have to pay for another OVI."

There are many technological "solutions" to the drunk driving problem, of course. Researchers have developed a laser that can detect drunk drivers remotely. There are apps with hardware add-ons to help you decide if you're too drunk to drive. Some car-makers have anti-drunk driving technology built in. And yet there are still too many people choosing to drive while intoxicated; 604 Operating a Vehicle Impaired citations were issued in 2016 for defendants in Painesville Municipal Court. Installing an app and having it set up with a credit card for easy access could certainly encourage folks to grab an Uber or Lyft from the bar. Now if only we could ensure that the Uber drivers are sober.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Moog app brings the classic Model 15 modular synth to the Mac

Moog app brings the classic Model 15 modular synth to the Mac

View
'Hitman 3' players run into launch day server problems

'Hitman 3' players run into launch day server problems

View
Samsung Display to make 90Hz OLED screens for laptops

Samsung Display to make 90Hz OLED screens for laptops

View
Amazon offers to help the incoming Biden admin with COVID response

Amazon offers to help the incoming Biden admin with COVID response

View
Mercedes-Benz' EQA crossover is its first sub-$50,000 EV

Mercedes-Benz' EQA crossover is its first sub-$50,000 EV

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr