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US Plans Tech to Stop Drunk Driving in Cars

U.S. auto safety regulators have announced the initiation of steps to mandate technology in new cars that prevents drunk or impaired driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued an advanced notice to set potential standards for alcohol-impairment detection technology in all new passenger vehicles.

This move is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed by Congress in 2021.

Addressing Roadway Fatalities

“It is tragic that drunk driving crashes are one of the leading causes of roadway fatalities in this country and far too many lives are lost,” said Polly Trottenberg, U.S. Department of Transportation’s deputy secretary.

In 2021, 13,384 people were killed in drunk driving crashes, highlighting the urgency of this initiative.

Alcohol-impaired deaths reached a nearly 15-year high in December 2021, with more than 1,000 fatalities in drunk driving crashes reported by the NHTSA.

In response, the agency announced its annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, intensifying law enforcement efforts to combat impaired driving through Jan. 1.

With information from Fox News.

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