Breath tests can currently prevent drunken drivers from starting their cars. What if there was something similar that could be applied to guns?
A University of Michigan student is combining Breathalyzer and storage safe technology to create a safe that would help keep weapons out of the hands of impaired people.
The Sober Vault is the invention of sophomore John Kotarski of Grand Rapids as part of professor Eric Fretz’s entrepreneurship course. The inspiration for it came after he said he saw a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention article claiming gun fatalities involving firearms users under the influence were similar to drunken driving fatalities.
“I also know that intimate partner violence is a big problem with alcohol-induced firearm violence, as well as suicides using firearms under the influence,” he said. “Those were two big pushes that made me think about this idea.”