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NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind stated that “Drunk driving crashes are no accident – they are 100 percent preventable. With the help of our safety partners we’re looking at a technological path forward to create a world where there is no more drunk driving.”

With 10,265 drunk driving deaths each year, today Federal and Virginia state officials announced a $5.1 million funding to help further develop and deploy DADSS (Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety) technology that could eliminate drunk driving.

The DADSS research program brings together the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS), which represents the world’s leading automakers, in one of the most important government and private sector partnerships in recent years. Congress and safety advocates nationwide are supporting the effort, making DADSS part of a multi-faceted national commitment to reduce and eventually eliminate drunk driving. The research and testing is being overseen by a team of independent engineers and scientists, and will be further tested under real-world operating conditions before it is made available as a consumer option.

As per NHTSA, Americans can reduce the toll of drunk driving by never drinking and driving, and always planning a safe ride home by designating a sober driver or using NHTSA’s SaferRide app to call a taxi or a friend to be picked up. The app is available for Android devices on Google Play, and Apple devices on the iTunes store.

Other sobering facts about drunk driving:

  • It is against the law in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for adults over the age of 21 to drive a vehicle if you have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
  • In 2015, 10,265 people died in drunk driving crashes.  The drivers involved in 67 percent of those crashes had a BAC of .15 or higher (nearly twice the legal limit of .08).
  • During the 2015 Christmas holiday period (6 p.m. December 24th – 5:59 a.m. December 28th), the nation lost 34 lives per day in drunk driving crashes—a total of 120 deaths over 3.5 days.
  • During the New Year’s holiday period (6 p.m. December 31, 2014 – 5:59 a.m. January 5, 2015) the nation lost 31 lives per day in drunk driving crashes—a total of 139 deaths over 4.5 days.
  • These two holidays combined accounted for 259 lives lost in drunk driving crashes.

Original Sources:

https://www.nhtsa.gov/About-NHTSA/Press-Releases/nhtsa_drive_sober_12142016

http://www.dadss.org

 

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