Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety ProgramJanuary 13, 2020
Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) is making a push to promote a new road safety program that aims to protect against drunk driving on the state’s roadways. The Driven to Protect initiative is a national program that brings safety advocates and industry leaders together in support of new technology that promises to keep drunk drivers off the road.
Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) involves a sensor mounted on the driver-side door or on the steering column that collects and measures a sample of the driver’s breath. If the measurement indicates that the driver’s blood alcohol content exceeds the legal limit of 0.08 percent, the system will lock down the vehicle, rendering it unable to operate.
The breath collection technique is seamless and automatic, requiring no additional effort on the part of the driver. The driver simply enters the vehicle breathing normally and attempts to start the engine. The innovative technology uses a beam of infrared light to analyze the exhaled molecules of alcohol compared to the molecules of carbon dioxide to determine a ratio that indicates the driver’s level of intoxication.
Year-Long Test to Determine Efficiency
Auto makers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are working together to make the technology widely available. Maryland officials have signed on to test the technology on the state’s roads by installing the system in eight vehicles in Maryland’s state fleet. The year-long test will give developers a chance to see how the system performs in various weather and road conditions typical in the state.
Last year, Maryland DUI accidents killed 142 people. Another 2,100 people were hurt as a result of accidents involving an intoxicated driver, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Officials in the state believe the DADSS technology will further their efforts to eliminate drunk driving. The test will pave the way for public use of the system. Maryland MVA hopes to expand the system throughout its fleet vehicles in the coming years.
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