Earlier this month, the US Department of Transportation unveiled prototypes of new technology developed to prevent vehicles from being driven by anyone with a BAC over the legal limit. The research program behind the technology, Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, is a partnership between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety Administration. Because of DADSS (pronounced "dads" of course) drunk driving may be eradicated within the next 10 years.
Officials unveiled an automobile installed with touch pads that measure a driver's blood alcohol concentration immediately upon contact. The goal is to inconspicuously place these pads on steering wheels or starter buttons of vehicles. The program also created a system which analyzes the breath of a driver prior to starting. The technology is similar to current breathalyzers, but more accurate and requires less severe of an exhale.
The implications of drinking and driving are immensely serious, yet intoxicated drivers still get behind the wheel.The FBI reports that each day, people drive drunk almost 300,000 times. On average, a drunk driver will drive 80 times under the influence before their first arrest. In 2013, one alcohol-impaired driving death occurred every 52 minutes, according to the NHTSA.
However, the fight against unsafe driving is not over! Velocity has joined forces with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Toyota TeenDrive365 in an effort to end drunk, drugged, and distracted driving. Make YOUR pledge to Drive Smart here and we will make donation to MADD in your honor.