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LAS CRUCES, NM — A drink in one hand, a smartphone in the other.
State officials hope that can be a life-saving combination.
"More and more people are utilizing smartphones, more than anything
else, in their day to day lives. We see (smartphones) as another tool
in our toolbox to help fight DWI's," said Alvin C. Dominguez,
the cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Department of Transportation.
Dominguez took out his smartphone Friday to show how a new application,
called ENDWI, could help educate New Mexicans about responsible drinking
and keeping the roadways safe.
"It's extremely easy to navigate and get through," Dominguez
said during an interview at the Department of Transportation's offices
in Las Cruces.
As of Friday, 1,009 people had downloaded the ENDWI app since state officials
unveiled it at a Sept. 5 press conference in Santa Fe.
The app is so far available only on Android phones. By next week, Dominguez
said iPhone users should be able to download the app, which is designed
to compile a list of designated drivers that people can call when they've
had one too many.
There are also two games intended to test your reaction time and memory,
though they probably require a few failed attempts before figuring out
what the games are asking you to do.
The app is also designed to call the nearest cab company, enable someone
to report a drunken driver by calling #DWI, and even help you figure out
what your blood alcohol content is.
The BAC test requires users to — honestly — enter their weight,
the drinks they've consumed (beer? shots? cocktails?) and how much
they drank in the prior 15 minutes or hour.
A disclaimer flashes on the screen when someone accesses the BAC test,
to warn that the blood-alcohol level provided is an imprecise estimate
that does not take into account factors like food consumption and "total
body water content."
"It's a guide more than anything else," Dominguez said.
However, ENDWI has so far seen a less-than-enthusiastic reception, judging
by the early reviews on Google's "Play store," where Android
users download apps.
Users gave the app an average rating of 2.7 stars (out of 5) for various
reasons. One person, who only provided his first name, Ryan, didn't
appreciate that the app didn't warn him where police had stationed
"Then it would really end DWI," Ryan said.
Another user named Luke said he tried using the call-a-cab feature, and
kept getting referred to a car rental company.
Someone named "Matt" found the BAC test a bit inaccurate when
he entered that he had just drank nine double shots of whiskey.
"The app said I was at .04, which is just not right," Matt said.
Dominguez reiterated that ENDWI does not claim to be a precise scientific
tool, but rather a guide and reminder that drunken driving has dangerous
"This is more of a technological tool than anything else," Dominguez said.
While claiming no direct knowledge of the ENDWI app, Las Cruces Police
Department spokesman Dan Trujillo said he welcomed anything to curb drunken driving.
"We encourage any and all measures that keep intoxicated people from
driving," Trujillo said.
The app's unveiling coincided with preliminary statistics from the
New Mexico State Police's "100 Days and Nights of Summer"
campaign, a summertime anti-DWI blitz that includes stepped-up patrols
Dominguez said the statistics show that since June 21, there have been
17 DWI-related fatalities in New Mexico, compared to 38 DWI-related deaths
over the same period last year.
"Our goal is zero deaths," Dominguez said.
If you are seeking aggressive criminal representation by an experienced
criminal defense attorney for your Denton County DWI case or arrest in
Denton County, contact the offices of Tim Powers today. There is no charge
or obligation for the initial consultation. 940.580.2899.
*Tim Powers is an attorney licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court
of Texas. Nothing in this article is intended to be legal advice. For
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