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New technology mandate in infrastructure bill could significantly cut drunken driving deaths

November 11, 2021

From The Washington Post website

Under the legislation, monitoring systems to stop intoxicated drivers
would roll out in all new vehicles as early as 2026

New cars would be required to have technology to stop drunk people from driving under a mandate Congress approved as part of the sweeping infrastructure bill — a step that could significantly reduce one of the leading causes of crash-related deaths.

More than 10,000 people died in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver in 2019, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Campaigners against drunken driving say the new technology would bring that number down dramatically — and that it’s needed at a time when once-declining death rates have plateaued in the past decade.

“This technology will essentially eliminate drunken driving,” said Alex Otte, president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

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