Webinar on Drunk Driving Prevention Technology 3.16.22

What Does Passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Mean for MADD’s Mission to Eliminate Drunk Driving?

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Alex Otte

Ken Snyder

Stephanie Manning

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Passage of Drunk Driving Prevention Provision in Infrastructure Bill ➔ What does the law mean? ➔ How did we get here? ➔ Where do we go from here? Essential Deliverables Under the Law: 1. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) must establish a final safety technology standard within the required timeframe in the law. 2. U.S. auto manufacturers must install this lifesaving technology as standard equipment in all new cars within the law’s timeline.

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➔ MADD mobilized the nation against drunk driving.

➔ We created widespread public support for action.

➔ We won passage of lifesaving federal and state laws.

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Technology is our

in the War on Drunk Driving

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Alcohol-related traffic deaths:

Vehicle miles traveled:

14% INCREASE in 2020

DECREASE in 2020

Various automakers had made tech promises, but the industry as a whole had no sense of urgency about getting drunk driving prevention systems into all cars. PROBLEM: Industry Was Slow

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A federal standard was needed to compel auto industry action . It’s a two-step process: SOLUTION: Federal Action

1. Legislation 2. Regulation

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Americans Support Federal Action March 2021 Ipsos Poll for MADD ➔ 9 out of 10 support drunk driving prevention tech

➔ 3 of 4 back congressional action to require it ➔ 8 of 10 believe auto safety features should be

standard in vehicles as they become available

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Legislative Effort

HOUSE: The HALT Drunk Driving Act


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The HALT Drunk Driving Act HOUSE: ➔ Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI) ➔ Representative David McKinley (R-WV) ➔ Representative Kathleen Rice (D-NY) Introduced by: Named in memory of the Abbas family of Michigan

Transportation Policy Leaders Who Shepherded the HALT Act Through the House: ➔ Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI) ➔ Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) ➔ Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) ➔ Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ)

Cosponsored by:

➔ Representative Brian K. Fitzpatrick (R-PA) ➔ Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) ➔ Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) ➔ Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL) ➔ Representative David Trone (D-MD) ➔ Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)

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The RIDE Act SENATE: Introduced by:

➔ Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) ➔ Senator Rick Scott (R-FL)

➔ Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) ➔ Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) Cosponsored by:

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➔ Provisions from the bills were included in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed by the House and Senate. ➔ This Act was passed on November 5 and signed into law by President Biden on November 15. Strong Bipartisan Support Led to Passage of the Infrastructure Bill

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Thank You to Our Partners Your testimonies, letters, and support for drunk driving prevention technology were instrumental to the passage of this legislation.

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NBC’s Nightly News

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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

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Phase 2: The Regulatory Process Begins

Automakers then have two to three years to implement the new standard.

New cars equipped with the NHTSA-directed technology could start rolling off the assembly line in 2026-2027.

NHTSA has three years to evaluate technologies and issue a final safety standard.

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Associated Press Report: “At Least 13 Auto Safety Rules Are Years Overdue” (October 2021)

“The AP review of NHTSA’s rule-making activities under the last three presidents found at least 13 auto safety rules that are years overdue based on deadlines set in laws passed by Congress. In most cases, those rules are opposed by powerful industries as expensive, outdated or restrictive. Other pending rules have been slowed by the bureaucracy or taken a back seat to other priorities...”

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Case Study: Rear View Cameras

2008: The Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act is enacted by Congress.

2011: Final rule is *supposed to be* issued.

2014: Effort floundered, rule is delayed 5 times, until finally, facing a lawsuit from safety advocates, DOT announced that cameras would be required in all passenger vehicles. Automakers were given four additional years to comply.

2018: Compliance date for automakers.

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Advanced Drunk Driving Prevention Technologies MAY BE CONSIDERED?

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3 Basic Tech Categories

Driving performance monitoring systems, like Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that monitor the vehicle’s movement including lane assist and emergency braking Driver monitoring systems that monitor the condition of the driver Passive alcohol detection systems that use sensors to determine whether a driver is drunk and then prevent the vehicle from moving




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We’re Not Talking About Breathalyzers... ➔ These systems are NOT related to police breathalyzers or to ignition interlock devices that require a motorist to actively blow into a device. ➔ They are advanced, integrated and passive systems that detect impairment.

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MADD is not pushing one type of technology.

MADD Is Tech Neutral

We support whatever technologies are most effective at saving the most lives in the final safety standard. MADD is neutral on what technology options are chosen.

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➔ Some argue it’s many years away from being invented. ➔ But that’s not true. ➔ Advanced passive technology systems to prevent drunk driving already exist or are in development. ➔ MADD found 241 examples of existing technologies that NHTSA must consider in its rulemaking process.

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Many Tech Options Exist

One example: DADSS (The Driver Alcohol Detection Systems for Safety) ➔ Public/private collaboration between the federal government and auto industry, created to determine if a breath or touch-based system could determine whether a driver was .08 BAC or above ➔ Its prototype was unveiled at MADD's 2015 National Conference and DADSS stated it would available on cars in five years ➔ Date has been adjusted to 2024 for breath-based and 2025 for touch-based drunk driving prevention systems — which fits well within the legislation's statutory and regulatory timeline

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More Examples of Existing Auto Technology


Driving performance monitoring technology

In 2021, Euro NCAP gave the new Subaru Outback a 95% for safety assist, with its safety system that detects signs of fatigue or impairment from the driver’s eye movements combined with steering behavior.

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Driver monitoring technology

In 2019, Volvo announced its plan to deploy in-car cameras and sensors that monitor the driver and allow the car to intervene if a clearly intoxicated or distracted driver does not respond to warning signals and is risking an accident involving serious injury or death.

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General Motors

Driving performance monitoring technology GM unveiled Ultra Cruise, an advanced driver assistance technology that uses cameras, radars and LiDAR to enable

hands-free driving in 95% of all driving scenarios. It plans to install Ultra Cruise in cars in 2023.

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Driver monitoring technology

In 2007, Nissan unveiled a concept car with multiple preventative features against drunk driving, including alcohol odor sensors, a facial monitoring system and by monitoring driving behavior.

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Alcohol detection technology

In 2007, Toyota announced a drunk driving prevention system with hopes of having it in cars by the end of 2009. The tech was described as a fail-safe system that detects drunken drivers and automatically shuts the car down if sensors pick up signs of excessive alcohol consumption. Cars fitted with the detection system will not start if sweat sensors in the driving wheel detect high levels of alcohol in the driver's bloodstream.

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Lives Are at Stake



➔ Implement the three categories of technology as they are developed ➔ Don’t wait until model year 2027 to introduce them NHTSA should require automakers to:

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But Some Want to Go


➔ Some have said that the timetable for automakers to implement this lifesaving technology is too stringent and unreasonable. ➔ Fact: The timeline can be reasonably met with existing technologies and those currently being developed.

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If you are a victim or survivor who would like to get connected to MADD’s Victim Services, please call MADD’S 24-HOUR VICTIM HELP LINE: 1-877-MADD-HELP (1-877-623-3435) If you would like to get involved in advancing this lifesaving safety standard, please contact: policy@madd.org

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