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17 Aug 2021

Can Technology in Cars Sense a Drunk Driver?

by James Holliday, posted in Drunk Driving Accident

After being struck by a drunk driver, a U.S. Senator is proposing new legislation to install drunk driving sensors in vehicles that can sense if a driver has been drinking and to get them off the road. If passed, this initiative would require crash avoidance technology to be installed in all newly-manufactured vehicles.

What Kind of Crash Avoidance Technology Currently Exists?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration researches advanced technologies and their potential safety benefits for consumers such as:

Backup cameras

Backup cameras show the area immediately behind a vehicle to help drivers back up safely and avoid colliding with pedestrians or other vehicles.

Forward collision warning systems

These systems monitor various factors to warn of an impending crash, such as the vehicle’s speed, the speed of the vehicle in front of it, and the distance between the two vehicles.

Lane departure warning system

This type of system alerts drivers or automatically moves a vehicle if it drifts out of its lane.

Pedestrian detection system

Pedestrian detection systems use sensors to identify the movement of humans on the road, including pedestrians and cyclists, to help drivers notice them and avoid hitting them.

Automatic braking system

An automatic braking system automatically activates a vehicle’s brakes when it senses an oncoming object.

How to Prevent Drunk Driving

The best way to prevent drunk driving is not to drink after having any alcohol whatsoever.

Evidently, people are not following this simple advice. The Centers for Disease Control attributes about 10,000 deaths every year to drunk driving, which accounts for more than a quarter of fatal traffic accidents each year.

Because of the public health risk involved in this issue, Senator Ben Ray Lujan recently proposed installing DWI technology in all new vehicles. The senator says that there are currently 200 different types of technology that presently exist that can help avoid crashes or get drunk drivers off the road. The proposed bill, called the Ride Act, would require the Department of Transportation and National Highway Institute to identify available technologies that can detect drunk driving and test them. If they are effective, auto manufacturers would have to install them in all new vehicles.

The Ride Act passed the commerce committee and might be presented before the entire senate this session.

How Holliday Karatinos Can Help

The compassionate attorneys at Holliday Karatinos have worked first-hand with victims of drunk driving crashes and their families. If you suspect that a car accident you or your loved one was involved in was caused by a drunk driver, our lawyers can promptly investigate the case and gather evidence to establish liability. We will work diligently to pursue maximum compensation for your claim. Our attorneys bring more than 50 years of collective legal experience to the table we can put to use on your case.

Contact us today for your free consultation.

Jim Holliday

Jim Holliday has recovered millions of dollars for his clients in restitution for their injuries.

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