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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Future of Drunk Driving

Drunk driving in America is a major concern, with the practice leading to thousands of deaths and even more incarcerations. Arguably, the prevention of drunk driving is one of the top goals of traffic police around the country. While the efforts have proven effective, many believe that their job could be made easier by implementing alcohol detection systems in the vehicles of some demographics. In the next five years, alcohol detection systems which can be installed in cars might be ready for production, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The NHTSA and members of the auto industry are sharing the $10 million cost of the development of the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS). Researchers are working on two different methods of detection, neither of which are the traditional interlock devices which are currently given to people convicted of drunk driving, according to Fox.

The new technology is highly sophisticated, both relying on infrared light, one analyzes the driver's breath and the other reads blood alcohol content (BAC) just under the surface of the skin via the vehicles ignition button or gear shift. If either of the methods detects alcohol, the engine will not start.

“DADSS has enormous potential to prevent drunk driving in specific populations such as teen drivers and commercial fleets, and making it an option available to vehicle owners would provide a powerful new tool in the battle against drunk driving deaths,” said NHTSA Administrator, Mark Rosekind, in a news release.

When the new systems are ready for development, drivers will have the option to have the technology installed in their new car. The difference between the DADSS option, and let's say GPS, is that the DADSS may save the lives of countless young drivers.

Please take a moment to watch a short educational video on the future of DADSS technology:



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