A government-funded app is here to stop drunk driving; taxpayers find it to be a waste of resources

A government-funded app is here to stop drunk driving; taxpayers find it to be a waste of resources
ENDUI (End DUI) is a federally-funded app, developed by the Maryland Safety Office, which aims to measure users' reflexes after a drink, and report to them whether they should be driving or not. Alternatively, it would show users just how bogged down their reactions are after a couple of drinks, and serve to call them a cab right after.

When first run, the app will take your metrics – age, weight, sex, etc.; then, you have to enter each drink you've had for the evening (because we all know that anyone who goes on a bender also likes to jot down each shot they take in a drinking log). Afterwards, ENDUI will supposedly come up with a result, telling you whether you've had one too many, or if you're fine to drive. Additionally, the app offers two games, which test cognitive abilities, and help it (and you) narrow down the decision on whether you should be behind the wheel or not.

Should the app find you incapable of driving home safely, it will offer to call one of your (pre-entered) friends to pick you up, or a local cab.

Well, at least that's how it's supposed to work in theory. A lot of users are reporting that punching in a crazy amount of drinks and intentionally failing at the games will often result in the app still telling them that they're good to drive, which is a potential danger, considering how people who've had a few drinks only need the smallest amount of validation in order to make the wrong decision and jump in their car. Needless to say, some taxpayers feel like this is not the best way to spend $50,000 of federal money.

Did you test the app yet? What do you think?

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source: AP via Engadget

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6 Comments

1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

That is actually a good use of money. So many innocent people die of other people drinking a driving, which is just awful. At least this will help save a couple of lives.

2. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

What part of "it doesn't work" you didn't understand? Regrettably, many never grow in their understanding of government beyond 6th grade. Government has no incentive to be efficient or to provide services with quality or even achieve the goals it sets itself. As this app demonstrates, the $50000 were forcibly taken from the poor to provide a service for the rich, yet it failed. And, no, it'll not return those funds to those it took from.

3. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I understood that. Yeah, many people may find it a waste of money, but I don`t. They use taxpayer`s money for much more useless things, like funding other countries defense departments. This at least helps the citizens even if it only saves one life, that is one life saved

5. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Given the reports about the utter inefficacy of the app, flipping a quarter would have been cheaper than $50000.

4. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Any app that stipulates that a cognitive test could determine whether you're fit to drive or not is not only a waste of money, but a downright liability...! Have you had one glass of wine for dinner? You're good to go, unless you're actually feeling otherwise. Have you had more than a glass? Don't drive, period.

6. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Just DON'T DO THE ROADSIDE TESTS. And DO NOT SAY ANYTHING TO POLICE other than "Am I being detained?" The cops seize millions from drunk drivers every year. This app is small potatoes.

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