Principles and Policies for Development of a Breathalyzer-Enabled Ignition System for Reduction of Road Fatalities in Trinidad and Tobago  
  Authors : Marcus Lloyde George


A modern motor vehicle is a complex piece of equipment utilized by millions worldwide for transportation between two or more locations. Despite the many advantages of motor vehicles it is the primary source of road fatalities. Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated is one of the leading causes of vehicular road accidents worldwide. Many technologies, and policies for their use have been developed and placed into practice for minimization of road fatalities caused by driving while intoxicated, however none is without drawbacks. There is need for a novel breathalyzer-enabled approach with advantages addressing the drawbacks of the technologies that exist. This paper briefly reviews some existing technologies which attempt to minimize driving while intoxicated. A novel breathalyzerenabled ignition system is then briefly proposed for reduction of the possibility of driving while intoxicated by drivers. Finally, policies are proposed for the secure use of the technology proposed.


Published In : IJCAT Journal Volume 7, Issue 1

Date of Publication : January 2020

Pages : 01-05

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Marcus Lloyde George : Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of the West Indies St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.








FPGAs in Automotive, Breathalyzer Systems, Breathalyzer-Enabled Ignition, Vehicle Ignition Systems, Intelligent Ignition Systems, Reduction of Vehicular Accidents















This paper briefly reviewed some existing technologies which attempt to minimize driving while intoxicated. A novel breathalyzer-enabled ignition system was then proposed for reduction of the possibility of driving while intoxicated by drivers. Finally, policies were proposed for use of the proposed technology in reducing driving while intoxicated. It is possible that once the contents of this paper are considered and implemented that the possibility of driving while intoxicated will be minimized significantly.










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