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New rules, high tech could lower drunk driving carnage: Roadshow

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Q: Seems like every day I hear about a driver killed in a drunk driving crash, despite all the efforts to reduce this carnage. What else can be done?

Fred Ramos and many more

A: Every 52 minutes in the U.S., a person dies in a drunk driving crash.

Included in the details of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a provision requiring an advanced vehicle technology standard expected to prevent more than 9,400 drunk driving deaths annually, once the new technology is in use in new vehicles.The estimate comes from  U.S.Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The technology standard will require:

  • An alcohol detection system that uses sensors to determine whether a driver is drunk and if so, prevents the vehicle from moving.
  • Driving performance monitoring systems that monitor vehicle movement using cameras and sensors outside the vehicle, such as lane departure warning and attention assist.
  • Systems that monitor the driver’s head and eyes,…

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