U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is making steps to eliminate drunk driving for good. This year’s winter campaign focuses on spreading the message “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” while they plan to fund an innovative technology that they believe will put an end to drunk driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration known as “NHTSA,” there were 10,265 deaths caused by drunk driving in the year 2015. Of those crashes, 67% of drivers had a BAC that was twice the legal limit or higher. NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind believes these accidents could have been avoided stating, “Drunk driving crashes are no accident – they are 100 percent preventable. They all connect back to human choices and errors, but we’re not stopping there. With the help of our safety partners we’re looking at a technological path forward to create a world where there is no more drunk driving.”
Recently, Federal and Virginia state officials made an announcement regarding a new technology that has the potential to put an end to drunk driving. Officials announced a funding of $5.1 million in order to further develop the new technology called the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS). The partnership between automakers and the government will continue to develop this technology, which could prevent drivers with a BAC above .08 from starting a vehicle by passively detecting the driver’s level of intoxication.
Through January 1st, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” advertisements will be displayed across the country. During this time, law enforcement agencies will be working to protect the public from drunk drivers throughout the holiday season. You can learn more about the campaign and view NHTSA’s new virtual experience “Last Call 360” which lets viewers discover the consequences of driving while under the influence on their website.
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