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Algorithms and Infrared Detection of Drunk Drivers

 

Liat Clark, a reporter for WIRED.CO.UK, wrote on  September 4, 2012 that two computer scientists have published a paper explaining that the use of two separate algorithms used in conjunction with thermal imaging may be used in the future to scan for potential drunk drivers.

Georgia Koukiou and Vassilis Anastassopoulos of the University of Patras in Greece authored a paper published in the International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics.  The theory is based on the fact that alcohol causes blood–vessel dilation at the skin surface of a person’s face and compares the data with that gathered from thermal–imaging scans.

The second algorithm is used to determine whether the individual’s nose is warmer while the forehead remains far cooler.  The study acknowledges, though, that human, environmental, and equipment variables may affect the accuracy of collected data. the implication is that officers could use this method, or a similar method instead of field sobriety tests to determine whether a driver is too impaired to operate a motor vehicle.

For more information, the original article may be found online at: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/09/infrared-camera-algorithm

The lawyers at the Oberman and Rice law firm make a special effort to watch for current trends in identifying impaired or intoxicated drivers.  You may always contact us to obtain information relevant to a Tennessee DUI case.

About Steve Oberman

Steve Oberman
Since graduating from the University of Tennessee Law School in 1980, Mr. Oberman has become established as a national authority on the intricacies of DUI defense law. Steve is a former Dean of the National College for DUI Defense, co-author of a national treatise ("Drunk Driving Defense" published by Aspen/Wolters-Kluwer), and author of "DUI: The Crime and Consequences in Tennessee" (published by Thomson-Reuters/West). He has taught thousands of lawyers, judges, and members of the general public about the intricacies of this crime. Steve was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to teach at the University of Latvia School of Law in 2019. As a Tennessee DUI attorney, Mr. Oberman has successfully defended over two thousand clients charged with Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and/or drugs. In 2006, Mr. Oberman became the first DUI lawyer in Tennessee to be recognized by the National College for DUI Defense as a Board Certified Specialist in the area of DUI Defense law.

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