Infrastructure Bill Contains Accident Prevention Mandates to Reduce Accidents
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new infrastructure bill may require car manufacturers to build automobiles with technology to detect drunk drivers and include sensors that prevent children from being left in motor vehicles during hot days.
The infrastructure bill also includes a mandate for crash avoidance systems and automatic emergency braking for new motor vehicles and rear guards for 18-wheeler trucks that prevent car passengers from being killed in rear-impact collisions with semi-tractor-trailer trucks.
The executive director for the Center for Auto Safety, Jason Levine, has been lobbying for more strict auto safety regulations. Mr. Levine praised the addition of the safety measures. However, Mr. Levine believes more can be done to keep people safe on U.S. roadways.
According to a media release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, people in the U.S. drove less in 2020 due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. The number of U.S. traffic deaths increased by 7.2% from 2020, despite a 13.2% decrease in miles traveled.
Backers of the anti-drunk driving requirements advocate that the measures can drastically reduce the number of traffic fatalities. One of the proposed measures monitors the driver for signs of impaired, fatigued, and distracted driving. One system scans the driver's eyes like a Horizontal Nystagmus Test (HGN) that police officers perform to determine if a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The other measure is designed to prevent children from being left in hot cars leading to deaths or brain damage. The technology uses a "door logic" alert to remind drivers that the rear door was opened and closed prior to the engine having started. The alert also reminds the driver to check the back seat when the engine is turned off.
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