Now this is interesting…, I just read an article on the Car and Driver website that says we might be able to end Drunk Driving as soon as 2024. How you ask? Well to put it simply, there’s new technology that is being developed that will prevent your car from starting if your BAC level is 0.08 or higher. Click here to read article . There are several technologies that are being developed that are specific to the driver of the car. The technology is not perfected yet but they are getting close.
The Ride Act is bipartisan legislation that is going to require all new cars to have this technology installed by 2024. It was recently introduced in April. The RIDE Act is endorsed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the National Safety Council, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), and Responsibility.org.
Isn’t it amazing how technology could be the answer to a problem that has caused tragedy for many years. Alcohol-impaired driving is responsible for one third of all highway fatalities in the U.S. every year. The Institute for Highway Safety found that more than 9,400 drunk driving deaths could be prevented each year if drunk driving prevention technology is made standard on every new vehicle. You can read the full text of the legislation here.
So, things are moving forward in the prevention of impaired driving and this new technology may play a big part of that advancement. Being an HCC member for several years now, I’m glad to see this seemingly bright light and the end of a long tunnel. I’m sure there will be bumps along the way, but this is the kind of technology that could really save lives and for that I’m encouraged.
Preventing substance use of underage youth is the goal of HCC and it is a long-standing mission. Technology like this can only advance our cause, and save lives for that matter. So, who knows what other type of technology may be developed in the future to detect and prevent impaired driving. Until then we will be sending out our messages of prevention and trying to educate and reach families and the youth of our county.
By: Liz Threehouse
Idea Girl Company and HCC Social Media and Marketing