Application of Transdermal Alcohol Detection

In an effort to combat impaired driving, this paper describes how Transbio-Tec has developed a steering wheel wrap that is capable of alcohol detection that can be used in a fashion similar to an ignition interlock. These wraparound, retrofit units are available in a variety of colors and textures and will conform to automobiles, trucks, boats and planes transparently. The wraparound unit can be easily and quickly installed in any vehicle and has a maximum retail price of $675. In order to use the device, the driver must make skin contact with the steering wheel when starting the vehicle. Testing is periodic which will allow the driver to wear gloves while the vehicle is warming up. Similar to an interlock, the testing for ethanol alcohol is continual during the entire time the vehicle is being operated. Additionally, there is also periodic testing for a common element in sweat secretion to ensure skin contact. When ethanol is detected, the vehicle will not start, and similar to an interlock, if the vehicle is in operation when alcohol is detected, the horn will sound and lights will flash. Research clearly demonstrates that approximately one-third of sweat glands are located in the hands and it takes about 30 minutes for alcohol to be detected through sweat. This device has been NHTSA-certified and it is expected that NHTSA will create new standards for this system.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 19
  • Monograph Title: Alcohol Interlock Programs: Pushing Back the Frontiers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01053843
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 092007152x
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 8 2007 11:21AM