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Is There a Technology That Could End Drunk Driving?

There is talk that DUI checkpoints may no longer be needed in the near future as two US senators planned to introduce a legislation that will equip new cars with the technology to prevent drivers that are over the limit to start driving.

People will drive even when they are heavily intoxicated, even if it means facing horrible consequences later. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 30 individuals in the United States die from drunk-driving car crashes. It seems like no massive information and public safety campaign is going to stop a drunk driver from getting behind the wheel.

Changes Are Coming

Two US senators think that the time has come to really put a stop to drunk driving. Senators Rick Scott of the Republican party from Florida and Tom Udall of the Democrat party from New Mexico says that they are planning to introduce a bipartisan legislation that will mandate that all new cars sold will have a technology installed that prevents drunk drivers from starting a car.

Reuters says that the device is implanted in the push-button ignition or the steering wheel to measure a driver’s blood alcohol level via an infrared light shined through a driver’s fingertip. If the level is too high, then the vehicle wouldn’t start. Another technology option uses sensors to monitor a driver’s breath and eye movement.

Big Technology Move

Millions of dollars have been invested by the NHTSA in these technologies and that they are being tested small-scale in various states. If the legislation pushes through, the new technologies will be installed in factories as the cars are manufactured within 4 years of the new bill’s passing. Note that a similar legislation exists in the U.S. House of Representatives. If the bills push through, it is only a matter of time before something similar might be implemented in Canada and the rest of the world.

Were you or someone you know apprehended for drunk driving? You have to act fast! A DUI lawyer in Canada will be able to advise you on what to do next and what to avoid to minimize the possible adverse effects of a DUI charge to your life. Calvin Barry has years of drunk driving defence experience as a Toronto DUI lawyer. Contact Toronto DUI lawyer Calvin Barry as soon as possible.

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