NTSB Suggests Alcohol Detection Systems On All New Cars

December 17, 2012 12:51 PM

NTSB Suggests Alcohol Detection Systems On All New Cars
" Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its annual report on traffic fatalities in the U.S., and the results for 2011 were encouraging. Not only did the total number of deaths on U.S. roads decline (from 32,885 in 2010 to 32,367 in 2011), but the ratio of fatalities to miles-traveled also fell, reaching another all-time low.

We also saw a 2.5% decline in fatalities related to drunk driving, which was encouraging. However, alcohol remained a factor in 9,878 deaths, or just over 30% of the total. It doesn’t take a mathematician to see that reducing drunk driving in the U.S. would have a substantial impact on roadway accidents, injuries, and fatalities.

In a press release, the National Transportation Safety Board has suggested two ways of addressing the problem:

1. Mandating that states require alcohol-ignition interlocks for all DWI offenders. An alcohol-ignition interlock prevents a vehicle’s engine from starting until the driver breathes into the device and that breath is analyzed for alcohol content. While many states require such devices for repeat offenders, only 17 states require them for people convicted of their first DWI. NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P "

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