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Cases of drunk driving may see a decline if this smart technique, invented by a 22-year-old man from Hyderabad, is applied successfully.
Sai Teja, a school dropout from Hyderabad, has invented a system which can detect the alcohol consumption of the person behind the wheels and cut off the power supply to the engine, preventing the person from driving under influence. Not just this, the system also sends an alert via text messages to people whose numbers have been saved in the person’s phone. Teja’s invention aims to prevent road accidents that are caused by drunk driving.
The lack of formal education didn’t stop Teja from pursuing his interest and innovating new techniques. He took the help from internet to gain knowledge, learn coding and created this device.
Talking about his smart device Teja told , “I stopped studying after 10th class due to some reasons, but was interested in electrons and use to gain knowledge from the internet. Learnt to code from internet and invented a new alcohol detector which restricts the vehicle engine to start if the driver has consumed more than 30 per cent of alcohol.”
Explaining further, he added, “A text SMS is sent to the numbers which are saved by micro-controller in the device with vehicle number. It took me 15 days to invent this device, it has been priced Rs. 2500.”
There’s been a steep rise in the cases of drunk driving in India. According to the latest report by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, which was released in 2017, a total of 4,776 people died in 14,071 road accidents that year due to drunken driving or driving under influence of drugs.
As per section 185 of The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, a person caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be fined up to Rs 2000 and face up to six months in jail. According to the act, it’s a punishable offence if the alcohol limit in the blood is detected to be exceeding 30 milligram per 100 millilitre of blood.