Drunk Driving Prevention Technology
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release highlighting the advances in drunk driving prevention technology. In combination with the NHTSA, members of Congress joined together to discuss recent advances in a program called Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS). This program is the product of a research partnership between the NHTSA and an industry consortium in efforts to reduce the number of preventable injury causing and deadly drunk driving crashes each year.
Saving Lives Through Drunk Driving Prevention
The DADSS system actually has a test vehicle that helps researchers study driver interactions. In addition to the test vehicle, researchers are also working on two other prototypes that could help to prevent drunk driving crashes. The first one will detect alcohol levels by touch, and the second one will sense the driver’s breath. Although much of this research and technology is still in the early stages, there is an enormous application potential for a variety of different driver groups. Marketing DADSS to specific groups like the teen driver population and the commercial trucking industry could really help to curtail the drunk driving crashes among those drivers.
U.S. Drunk Driving Facts
- Each year, approximately 10,000 people are killed in preventable drunk driving crashes.
- In 2013, approximately one in five child passenger deaths occurred in drunk driving wrecks.
- Impaired driving crashes cost the U.S. $49.8 billion annually.
- Men are more likely than women to be driving drunk in fatal crashes.
- Drunk driving is more common at night.
- Motorcycle riders have the highest overall rate of alcohol impairment in fatal crashes.
Drunk Driving as a Societal Problem
Unfortunately, law enforcement authorities and government agencies haven’t been able to reduce injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes alone. It has taken the dedication of many public and private partnerships like DADSS and the well known, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx remarked that “education, awareness and enforcement have succeeded in dramatically reducing drunk driving fatalities, but the advanced technologies of DADSS brings enormous potential to save even more lives.”
Because totally preventable drunk driving accidents are still happening all over California and across the nation, it’s important to speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer if you’ve been injured by a drunk driver.