Alcohol Detection Systems Will Now Be Mandatory In All New Cars To Prevent Drunk Driving


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did a study in 2019 that shows 28 people die every day in drunk driving crashes — that's one person every 52 minutes.

Although that’s actually the lowest percentage since 1982 when NHTSA started tracking data, it’s still a lot more than is necessary when these deaths could all be prevented.

Thankfilly, new legislation seeks to mimize drunk driving and it's effects by mandating systems that will detect blood alcohol levels in all new cars.

The 2021 U. S. Infrastructure Bill included a law that requires alcohol detection systems in all new cars.

Biden’s new $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill included a mandate that requires all car manufacturers to include alcohol detection systems in the making of all new vehicles after 2026.

Since the 1980s when drunk-driving laws became much stricter in terms of legal repercussions and fines, drunk-driving deaths have been largely reduced, although they are still a major problem in the U. S. today.

Between 2010 and 2019, there have been more than 10,000 deaths per year on average due to drunk-driving crashes, and drunk drivers contribute approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities — 36,096 people died on the road in 2019.

But there is hope.

Previously, several states in the United States required those guilty of driving under the influence (DUI) to install an ignition interlock device that would require them to perform a breathalyzer test before starting their car.

This new system is similar, but it now applies to everyone in the country versus just the people with a drunk-driving history — and the technology is much more advanced.

Tech company KEA Technologies in Marlboro, Massachusetts, is one of many companies working on the advanced impaired driving technology called the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS.)

The way the DADSS program works is it uses infrared sensors mounted on the dashboard and door that register a driver’s breath and touch... (Read more)

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