A group of insurance, safety, auto and alcohol industry groups and companies has called on Congress to pass legislation to provide funding for an advanced drunk driving detection research program, which they claim could lead to more than 8,000 fewer highway fatalities each year and a nationwide economic cost saving of approximately $130 billion annually.
In a letter to legislators, the group calls for publicly-supported technology for vehicles that will instantaneously and passively detect if a driver is drunk (above the legal limit of .08 BAC) and prevent the vehicle from starting. “The technology must also be extremely accurate, inexpensive and a non-invasive optional safety feature," the letter adds.
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