U.S. Bill Aims to Mandate Drunken-Driving Warning Systems
According to an online news article published on nytimes.com, Congress attached a bill onto the trillion infrastructure package that could become law in 2026. The Drunken-Driving Warning System recognizes when a driver has consumed too much alcohol. The bill would require automakers to equip their vehicles with the impaired driving warning system.
The news report states that the technology stops short of requiring the driver to submit to a breath test. However, the technology could step in when a driver fails to make the right decision.
..."Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) states that this auto safety mandate would save thousands of lives every year."
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) states that this auto safety mandate would save thousands of lives every year. MADD stated that more than 9,000 people lose their lives each year in drunken-driving accidents, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported. The President of MADD, Alex Otte, said that this regulation could “virtually eliminate the No. 1 killer on America’s roads.”
The mandate describes the safety technology as a system that “passively monitor the performance of a driver of a motor vehicle to accurately identify whether that driver may be impaired, and prevent or limit motor vehicle operation if an impairment is detected.” The lawmakers have not defined what passive monitoring means.
Congress granted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) three years to announce a final law for the anti-drunk driving safety devices. The bill said would provide automakers sufficient time to comply with the law.
Opponents submitted letters to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stating that driving monitoring systems that use cameras might produce false positives.
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