Cars Equipped with Alcohol Detection Systems Can Prevent Drunk DrivingNovember 6, 2019
Even though driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous and can lead to serious car accidents involving severe injuries, people continue to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink. New legislation has been introduced that would make it mandatory for all new cars and trucks to be equipped with alcohol detection systems by 2024. The Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone Act of 2019, also known as the RIDE Act, would set aside $10 million for government-funded research into new technology that can monitor a driver’s blood alcohol level. An additional $24 million would be allocated toward installing and testing the technology in government-owned fleets.
According to one of the senators who introduced the legislation, drunk driving accidents have devastated too many families in New Mexico. Changes need to be made to prevent these accidents from wreaking havoc on more families in New Mexico and across the country. New Mexico became one of the first states to make it mandatory for convicted drunk drivers to use a breathalyzer before starting their car. However, Udall felt that initiative was not enough. He urged lawmakers and auto manufacturers to come together to develop consumer friendly devices that were less cumbersome than the breathalyzer.
Auto Industry Slow to Add Safety Features
The president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving lost her 16-year-old daughter in a drunk driving accident in 2000. She believes that the auto industry has not been proactive enough about mandating safety improvements such as the alcohol detection system. However, she is hopeful that this may be changing and that automakers will be persuaded by consumers who are looking for vehicles with more safety features.
Although there has been a significant decline in drunk driving fatalities since the 1980s, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that these preventable accidents are still responsible for one third of all fatal traffic accidents. In 2017 alone, over 10,800 people were fatally injured in drunk driving accidents. The NHTSA and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety have been working together to develop the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, which involves a technology that can detect when a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above the legal limit. While the device cannot detect the exact BAC, it can confirm the presence of alcohol. For the trucking industry like trucking, which has a zero-tolerance policy for all drivers, there is already consumer interest for the device.
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If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a car accident involving a drunk driver, you are urged to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. Our dedicated legal team will work tirelessly to ensure that the negligent party is held liable for your injuries and that you receive the maximum financial compensation you deserve. We will not stop fighting for you until justice has been served. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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