Today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to develop and bring to market the tools that police officers and prosecutors need to keep impaired drivers off the road and save lives.
Pasadena, CA (PRWEB)
August 10, 2017
Ocular Data Systems, Inc., creators of DAX™ Evidence Recorder, has closed on a new bridge round of funding with the Pasadena Angels. The investment enables Ocular to further develop DAX™, a groundbreaking handheld camera that specially aids law enforcement in manually testing and recording eye movements and responses. These critical signs of drug and alcohol impairment or medical conditions, not typically picked up by dash or body cameras, can be used by prosecutors as court admissible audio-video evidence of impaired driving to help settle cases before they go to court and ultimately keep officers in the field. With the new funding, investors have committed almost $1 million to the company.
Columbia University Researchers announced on July 31st of this year their findings on how deadly the U.S. opioid epidemic has become, resulting in a sevenfold increase in the number of drivers killed in car crashes while under the influence of prescription painkillers. This comes just after the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) re-released its Drug-Impaired Driving Report and found that driving while on drugs was associated with more deaths in 2015 than driving with alcohol.
“The rise in prescription drug use and legalization of marijuana has certainly caught the attention of the VC community, especially with the challenges it presents for law makers and law enforcement to keep our roads safe,” said Chris Wadden, chairman of Pasadena Angels. “With the industry experience behind DAX™, in addition to the company’s new partners helping to bring DAX™ to market, we feel confident that this is a product uniquely positioned to change how law enforcement presents evidence from individuals tested for drug and alcohol impairment in the field.”
“10,000 Americans die each year in DUI accidents. Law enforcement and the criminal justice system are grappling with the increasing American epidemic of narcotic-impaired and marijuana-impaired driving, which can’t be detected with a simple breath test or…