What if New Technology Could Stop Drunk Driving Accidents?

What if vehicles were equipped with devices that detected when someone was too intoxicated to drive?  This is the basic question that over a thousand people were asked in a survey by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The technology is not available yet, but the majority of the people surveyed across the country like the idea.  In fact, 64 percent said that they think alcohol detection devices should be in all cars.  Forty percent of the survey respondents even said that they would want one of these devices in their own vehicles.  Only 30 percent thought it was a bad idea.

The Institute was surprised by the overwhelming support for alcohol detection devices.  There had been previous surveys conducted that looked into people’s opinions regarding ignition interlocks for people with DUI convictions.   Support was also pretty high for ignition interlocks, which are devices that read drivers’ blood alcohol content before the vehicle starts.

Currently, the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety program, a partnership between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety, is looking into the technology for an alcohol detection device.  The goal is to prevent someone who has a BAC of 0.08 percent or above from driving.

The survey results indicate that people are ready to take preventative measures to reduce drunk driving accidents.  Alcohol-related accidents claim thousands of lives every year and injure many more.  In 2008, 11,773 people were killed in car accidents involving drivers with BACs of 0.08 percent or above.  These deaths accounted for 32 percent of all traffic fatalities that year.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Daytona Beach car accident caused by a drunk driver, you could be entitled to compensation.  Contact a Daytona Beach car accident attorney at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890 for legal advice.  We represent clients in Volusia County, Flagler County, Putnam County, Seminole County, Lake County, Orange County, St. Johns County, Brevard County, Osceola County, Polk County, Duval County, Marion County and Alachua County.