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Vehicle Alcohol Detection Systems To Become Instituted Nationwide?

on Friday, 06 July 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Alcohol

Alcohol Detection Systems nationwide

According to the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety [DADSS], each year more than 7,000 vehicle related fatalities involving the use of alcohol could be prevented if alcohol detection systems were included in all cars and trucks.

Perhaps that is why reports were recently revealed that Congress has set aside as much as five million dollars to be dispersed over a two year period of time as part of an effort to fund research and eventually produce vehicle technology that is capable of detecting driver blood alcohol levels. Such technology is expected to be implemented in vehicles at some time in the near future. In particularly, implementation of in-car driver blood alcohol detection systems may mitigate and even prevent driving while under the influence, as well as fatalities and injuries therein associated.

The five million dollars that are allocated to fund the research over a tentatively planned two year duration predictably involve controversy as tax payments are the source of the money to be used for the venture.

Associations and organizations, including lobbyists on behalf of the restaurant industry say that tax payers will not be ecstatic that their money is used to pay for such technology. Statements released on behalf of the American Beverage Institute [ABI] indicate many are concerned about the capacity of such technology to accurately determine if a driver is intoxicated and or rather that he or she is incapable of driving.

Apparently, much of the concern involves the fact that the nationwide legal limit is .08. Meanwhile the in car systems would have to be set at lower than .08 to accurately take into consideration the elevated levels of intoxication that would naturally occur as the individual drives. Further, setting the limit lower than the nationwide standard would be unconstitutional which involves further complications. Miss- readings are also predictably a huge concern. In fact, to rise above the constitutional threshold and therefore meet the standard of what is acceptable for nationwide use, alcohol detection systems must not be intrusive, nor should they prevent drivers who have not consumed beyond the legal limit from driving their vehicles.

Alcohol Detection Systems [ADS] are required to be reliable, durable, cost-effective, small-in size and relatively maintenance free. Most importantly, ADS must rapidly and accurately measure alcohol-blood levels.

Meanwhile, Mothers Against Drunk Driving [MADD] revealed that drinking and driving has costs the United States as much as 132 billion dollars each year; as a result MADD supports the 5 million dollar allocation for conducting research on these alcohol detection systems that could eliminate the need to spend billions of dollars on preventable fatalities.

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