New Tech Could Prevent Drunk Driving

Congress has issued a mandate to automakers: find a technological solution to keep drunk drivers off the road. It’s one of the many new mandates included in President Joe Biden’s infrastructure package. The new legislation will require automakers to include monitoring systems to stop intoxicated drivers by the year 2026. Advocates from Mothers Against Drunk Driving call the move the “beginning of the end” of drunk driving.

Traffic Fatalities On the Rise

Every year, about 10,000 people die in alcohol-related crashes in the United States. That’s about 30 percent of all traffic fatalities. Last month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that an estimated 20,160 people have died in crashes in the first half of 2021 alone. That’s the highest first half of the year total since 2006. Experts point to impaired driving, speeding, and a lack of seatbelt wearing to explain the spike.

Monitoring Driver Attentiveness

While breathalyzers are frequently used to keep those convicted of DUIs from operating vehicles while under the influence, they’re impractical for standard use in every vehicle. The new mandate will spur automakers to adapt their existing driver-assist systems to monitor driver attentiveness. Cameras can make sure a driver is watching the road, losing consciousness, or displaying signs that they’re impaired in any way. Should such signs be caught on camera, the car will warn the driver. If issues persist, the car will automatically turn on hazard lights and pull over to the side of the road. These exciting technological developments could mean safer travel for everyone on the road.

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Attorney Richard SerpeAttorney Richard Serpe represents individuals and families injured in accidents caused by the negligence of another person, dangerous product, or company. Mr. Serpe is a highly skilled Virginia personal injury lawyer with a reputation for meticulous preparation and presentation. He has a tremendous track record of success in obtaining favorable settlements and verdicts for his clients.

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