The SafeKey is a unique ignition key immobilizer that prevents a vehicle engine from starting if the driver is unfit to drive safely. It is fully independent of other driver analysis methods – breath or otherwise. It analyzes the only thing that counts: how quickly a driver can react to a stimulus – braking, swerving, avoiding pedestrians and the like. It’s well-known that many drugs, including alcohol, significantly increase the time a person requires to react to a change in circumstance such as a red light or obstruction in the road.
Mental impairment can be caused by many factors, which include, but are not limited to fatigue, low blood sugar (generally resulting from diabetes), drugs, both prescription, legal and otherwise, slow rates of stimulus-reaction performance, and the like.
Because driving a vehicle safely depends upon rapid response to ever-changing and often unexpected changes in the driving environment, it is absolutely necessary that drivers are always at the top of their game. Conversely, sufficient mental impairment, whatever the reason, greatly compromises the safety of the driver and others who share the road.
Experts from the Medical and Toxicological Information organization have learned that low blood sugar is frequently seen in connection with driving error that results in accidents that involve personal and property damages. Further, the behavior of those suffering from low blood sugar is often the subject of false and very expensive DUI arrests which are not associated with alcohol or other drugs. While data regarding the actual number of vehicle crashes and false DUI arrests are yet unavailable, careful studies of alcohol-related crashes are well-documented. While safety is certainly a very important factor, the DUI industry supplies many millions of dollars each year to police agencies and lawyers. Out of the 12,000 alcohol-related deaths on the roads each year, 71% of them are from drivers with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 and above.