Advanced Technology Holds the Key
Before autonomous vehicles were part of daily conversation, MADD and automakers envisioned another type of automation: A passive technology that will stop someone who is drunk from driving. For the past 12 years, this ambitious, lifesaving concept has undergone extensive testing and development to create systems that will be obvious only to a driver who has been drinking. The advent of driverless technology has not changed the need to complete and deploy advanced drunk driving prevention technology; as long as a driver is needed to operate a vehicle, the risk of someone choosing to drive drunk will always exist. This year, federal legislation was introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate that would ensure advanced drunk driving prevention technology becomes standard in all new cars over the next decade. The HALT Act, named in honor of the five members of the Abbas family killed in January (see page 5), was introduced by U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell of Michigan. The RIDE Act was introduced in the Senate by Senators Tom Udall of New Mexico and Rick Scott of Florida. Their legislation is the key to stopping people who would otherwise drive while impaired by alcohol by requiring all new cars be equipped with factory-installed prevention technology as a standard safety feature. Federal legislation was introduced that would ensure advanced drunk driving prevention technology becomes standard in all new cars over the next decade.
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