Politicians Introduce Technology to Halt Drunk Driving

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Oct. 16, 2019—Two U.S. senators on Wednesday plan to introduce legislation that would require automakers to install technology to prevent intoxicated drivers from starting a vehicle, according to a report by Reuters.

Senator Tom Udall, a Democrat, and Rick Scott, a Republican, will introduce legislation to mandate such technology on all new vehicles within about four years of the bill’s passage and direct the federal government to work with automobile manufacturers, suppliers, universities and others to ensure those vehicles are available for sale.

Automakers could use devices to determine a driver’s blood alcohol level by touching the steering wheel or engine start button, or could install sensors to passively monitor a driver’s breath or eye-movements, Udall said in the report.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has invested over $50 million in similar technology. Equipment is currently undergoing limited field testing in Maryland and Virginia. 

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