January 10, 2011

Too Drunk??

In Saturday's Washington Post there was an article about the DADSS (Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety) and the potential technologies that NHTSA and the
Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS) are looking into. Check it out at the link above...

Basically, two types of technologies are being explored to find out if they will work accurately, reliably and not hassle those of us who never drive drunk. These technologies might include a set of sensors in the car that would detect if you were at a .08 BAC+ in less than a SECOND! If you were, your car would not be drivable. It is also important to point out that these devices must aim to function without maintenance for at least 10 years and be inexpensive.

Rob Strassburger of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers said it best: "We want the public to understand the need (for this potentially lifesaving equipment)and how they benefit."

We've all got to spread the word and let the public know that this potential technology is a very good thing and has the potential to save over 8,000...8,000 lives! We need Congress to put about $12M/per year into this. That is cheap compared to the cost of drunk driving currently. If you get a minute, please go to www.madd.org and take action by asking your member of Congress to support the ROADS SAFE act.


Alicia said...

I agree that technology can help save lives when it comes to drunk drivers. I read an article recently where MADD was quoted saying repeat offenders are very likely. Texas is now thinking to have all offenders have the interlock ignition device installed in DUI offenders' cars which is a great idea (http://www.jonestexasinsurance.com/about-us/our-blog/Could_New_Driving_Laws_Affect_Your_texas_auto_insurance). Stopping someone from driving under the influence no matter how many times one or ten is important.

cindylemmon said...

My friend, Steve, wrote this song after he got a DUI. It's pretty funny but I think he learned his lesson. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwvcqDiYYu0