At a recent seminar in Michigan, federal safety regulators announced that they are working with suppliers on creating technology that could detect alcohol by touch and breath, and that can be used to reduce or eliminate alcohol-related accidents.
Although a representative from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not provide details about how the technology could work or which suppliers would be involved, the representative did say that this type of technology would reduce alcohol-related fatal accidents.
This is not the first time the administration has stepped up its efforts to find solution for drunken driving. In October 2011, the administration awarded a $2.2 million contract to Takata Corp. to develop a device that measures a motorists sobriety. Autoliv, another safety products supplier is also working on sobriety systems.
The technology could be available for implementation by 2018 after it is tested. Additionally, before being implemented, it will have to be decided if this feature would disable a vehicle or issue an alert.
Although the technology could prevent drunk driving accidents, which kill over 30,000 people each year, regulations and changes in current laws will have to be considered. For example, will this new technology take over ignition-interlock devices? Will this technology be available in newer cars or can it be installed as needed? Will drivers be required to install this system after a first offense? Second offense?
Many of these questions cannot be answered until the technology has been completed, tested and approved for use. Until then, motorists should continue to be careful on the road and never get in a vehicle with someone who has been drinking.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a drunk driving accident, the victim may be entitled to file a claim for damages. The car accident lawyers at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy can help you determine if you may be entitled to file a lawsuit for compensation.