Will Technology Put An End To Drunk Driving?
In-built vehicle technology could prevent an estimated 9,000 deaths in the U.S. every year, according to Forbes. Alcohol is responsible for around 30% of road fatalities, but all that is about to change. From 2026, all new cars will legally have to have drunk driving prevention technology installed. But just how will this technology work to make roads safer?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) must now decide which drunk driving safety equipment they want made mandatory. Experts say that infrared cameras are the most likely option. This is pioneering technology that focuses solely on the driver. It monitors the driver for signs of drowsiness and impairment and ensures that he or she is focusing on the road. If the driver isn’t alert, the technology sends a warning to him or her. If that fails to increase their levels of alertness, the car will safely pull over of its own accord.
PR Newswire reports that 43% of Americans admit to drinking and driving. This is one of the most dangerous things you can do as serious injuries, including spinal damage, limb injuries, burns, and brain injuries can occur. Aaron Allison states ‘Drunk drivers make the choice to create the circumstances that lead to serious and fatal car accidents. This gives drunk drivers a greater degree of responsibility for the injuries and deaths they cause compared to other drivers.’ This is why it’s so important that the NHTSA considers all types of innovative technology to stop these dangerous drivers. Infrared touch systems can also be used to measure blood alcohol levels under the skin. These are usually integrated into the vehicle controls and analyzes wavelengths.
In the commercial world
Commercial vehicle operators are also using the latest technology to stop drunk drivers. The Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS) and Schneider trucking have teamed up to launch the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) Program. Schneider trucks are having sensors added into their vehicles. These sensors analyze the driver’s breath. If they detect alcohol, the technology stops the vehicle from being switched on, meaning the driver cannot drive while under the influence.
Drunk drivers are some of the most dangerous drivers on the road. Thankfully, there is lots of new and innovative technology that is being introduced to vehicles to ensure road users and pedestrians are as safe as possible.