President Joe Biden is expected to sign a $1 trillion infrastructure package that will do more than just rebuild roads and bridges across the United States. In fact, part of this package is dedicated to helping eliminate the No. 1 killer on US roads: drunk driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28 people are killed every day in drunk-driving crashes in the United States. The plan seeks to drastically reduce this number by requiring automakers to install technology systems detecting intoxicated drivers as early as 2026.
How Will Automakers Prevent Drunk Driving?
- One option currently in development is a discrete sensor measuring the driver’s alcohol level from their blood or breath.
- Another possible solution is an advanced camera that would make sure the driver is paying attention to the road and monitor the driver’s behavior for signs of drowsiness, loss of consciousness, or impairment.
So, what would happen if the camera detected one of these behaviors? First, the car would warn the driver. Then, if the behavior(s) continues, the car would turn on its hazards, slow down, and pull to the side of the road, according to auto blog.
As personal injury attorneys who see the tragic and sometimes deadly effects drunk driving has on everyone involved, we will be closely following this story and the potential impacts new technology may have on our clients.
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