Uh Oh. Alcohol-Detecting Laser Developed

on 05/06/14 at 9:43 am

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GFDGFDGFD-640x408Catching drink drivers could soon be as simple as pointing a laser, thanks to the development of a device that can detect the presence of alcohol inside a moving car.

Research published by Polish scientists Jarosław Młyńczak, Jan Kubicki, and Krzysztof Kopczyński, of the Military University of Technology in Warsaw in the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, announced details of a laser system which can be used to detect alcohol vapour in moving vehicles, as reported by ibtimes.co.uk.

The device, made at the university’s Institute of Optoelectronics, uses “stand-off”detection – a method of detecting chemical and biological compounds using a laser from a distance that is safe to those in the car.

Tests showed alcohol vapor could be detected on the breath of a driver as low as 0.1%, and from any of the car’s passengers.

The system can be set up on the side of a road to monitor each passing car with a photo of its number plate sent directly to the police if alcohol is detected.