A breathalyzer holder having an opaque body for retaining a breathalyzer having an electrical connection and a blow-tube. The breathalyzer holder includes a body having a lower hole to allow an electrical cable to pass through the body to electrically connect to the breathalyzer. The breathalyzer holder also includes a lid having an aperture that allows a breathalyzer blow tube to pass through to allow a user to blow into the breathalyzer.
FIELD OF THE INVENTION
The presently disclosed subject matter is directed towards a device for assisting in the prevention of drunk driving.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
Driving while drunk or alcohol impaired is almost universally considered to be dangerous activity. Statistics and scientific studies, combined with common sense and experience, prove that drivers with high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) are at a greatly increased risk of accidents and vehicular deaths.
Over the years law enforcement, legislatures, and courts have given the problem of drunk driving a high priority. Courts routinely suspend or revoke driver licenses of those convicted of drunk driving, vehicles are frequently impounded by law enforcement personnel when they suspect a driver is drunk, some jurisdictions require special vehicle plates after a drunk driving conviction, open container laws are implemented and enforced, high fines are issued, mandatory alcohol education classes are usually required, jail or prison time is often ordered, and insurance rates rise dramatically after a conviction.
Despite the foregoing punishments, repeat convictions for drunk driving are frustratingly common. In response those concerned with driver safety have turned to technology to try to reduce recidivist drunk and impaired driving. Numerous attempts have been made to develop devices which prevent automobiles and the like from being operated by drunk or impaired drivers. One well accepted device is the breathalyzer. By tying the starting of a vehicle to passing a breathalyzer test the incidents of recidivist drunk driving can be significantly reduced. One common approach is to implement an ignition interlock system with a breathalyzer test result. In a typical breathalyzer-interlock system a driver must pass a breathalyzer test to start a vehicle and then pass another breathalyzer test at some time interval, say every 15 or 30 minutes, to keep the vehicle operating.
Breathalyzers have been so successful that courts in some areas will not permit a driver who has been convicted of drunk driving from having a driver's license unless a breathalyzer-interlock system is installed and used on the vehicle they drive. Furthermore, attempts at defeating or otherwise evading the breathalyzer-interlock system can be and are punished by fines, jail time, additional loss of license, and/or vehicle impoundment or confiscation.
While breathalyzer-interlock systems are generally successful they do present a problem of potential embarrassment to the vehicle's driver. While many would be unsympathetic to that problem in the case of someone convicted of drunk driving, such embarrassment can cause some operators to attempt to remove or disconnect the systems. This reduces the effectiveness of the breathalyzers. Furthermore, some drivers recognize that they have a drinking problem and voluntarily add breathalyzer-interlock systems to their vehicles even though they have not been convicted or ordered to do so. Potential embarrassment can reduce the number of drivers who do so, a fact that could cost lives. Finally, temporary drivers of a vehicle having a breathalyzer interlock system might also be embarrassed to drive a vehicle that is so equipped.
Therefore, a holder for a breathalyzer-interlock system that reduces or prevents driver embarrassment would be beneficial.
BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The principles of the present invention provide for a breathalyzer holder that prevents or reduces embarrassment to a driver or operator of a vehicle equipped with a breathalyzer-interlock system. A breathalyzer holder according to those principles had an opaque body for retaining a breathalyzer having an electrical connection and a blow-tube. The breathalyzer holder includes a body having a lower hole to allow an electrical cable to pass into the breathalyzer holder to electrically connect to the breathalyzer. The breathalyzer holder also includes a lid having an aperture that allows a breathalyzer blow tube to pass through to allow a user to blow into the breathalyzer.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
The advantages and features of the present invention will become better understood with reference to the following detailed description and claims when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which like elements are identified with like symbols, and in which:
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
The presently disclosed subject matter now will be described more fully hereinafter with reference to the accompanying drawings in which an embodiment is shown. However, it should be understood that this invention may take many different forms and thus should not be construed as being limited to the specific embodiment set forth herein. Note that in the figures that like numbers refer to like elements throughout.
The principles of the present invention are illustrated herein with reference to
It should be understood that the breathalyzer holder 28 is simply an embodiment of the present invention. Therefore, it is to be understood that while the figures and the above description illustrate the present invention, they are exemplary only. They are not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the invention to the precise forms disclosed, and obviously many modifications and variations are possible in light of the above teaching. Others who are skilled in the applicable arts will recognize numerous modifications and adaptations of the illustrated embodiments that remain within the principles of the present invention. Therefore, the present invention is to be limited only by the appended claims.
1. A breathalyzer holder, comprising:
- a body for retaining a breathalyzer having an electrical connection and a blow-tube, said body including a hole to allow an electrical cable to pass into the breathalyzer holder to electrically connect to the electrical connection; and
- a lid having an aperture to allow a breathalyzer blow tube to pass through;
- wherein said body and said lid are configured to attach together such that said blow tube passes thought said aperture; and
- wherein said body and said lid are comprised of an opaque material such that a breathalyzer inside the breathalyzer holder is not readily visible.
2. The breathalyzer holder according to claim 1, further included a pillow for hold a breathalyzer when that breathalyzer is inside said breathalyzer holder.
Filed: Mar 19, 2011
Publication Date: Sep 20, 2012
Inventor: Michael Chabot (Dillon, CO)
Application Number: 13/052,048
International Classification: B65D 85/00 (20060101);