Coming Soon to a Car Near You: Alcohol Detection Equipment


January 11, 2017

NHTSA Desires All Cars to Be Equipped with Alcohol Detection Equipment

Drivers convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or other driving-and-alcohol-related offenses may be court-ordered to only operate personal vehicles that are equipped with ignition-interlock devices. These devices operate by requiring the driver of a vehicle to provide a breath sample before the device will allow the car's ignition system to start the vehicle. In addition, some devices require the driver to provide periodic breath samples while the vehicle is in motion to ensure the driver did not consume any alcohol after starting the vehicle. These devices are regarded as effective tools in decreasing the incidence rate of repeat drunk driving events. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is now pushing for a similar device to be standard equipment on all new cars.

NHTSA's Support of DADSS Technology

The device is known as Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), and once implemented it would passively monitor the driver for indications that he or she was consuming alcohol. While NHTSA and technology companies have not yet determined how this would occur, two options are currently being tested. The first would read a driver's alcohol level through a fingertip scanner connected to the ignition button and that would prevent the car from starting if the driver's alcohol level was determined to be too high. A second alternative would be a sensor capable of detecting a driver's alcohol concentration through his or her expelled breath.

No Foolproof Way to Prevent All Drunk Driving Accidents

Despite these novel technological developments, even these devices would not be able to prevent all incidents of drunk driving. A drunk driver could entice a passenger or someone else to press the ignition button for him or her, allowing the him or her to operate the car. Moreover, it is unclear how a sensor designed to detect alcohol on a person's expelled breath could distinguish between the expelled air of the driver and that of another passenger, nor whether the sensor would be capable of distinguishing between a driver's blood alcohol content (BAC) and the BAC of another passenger.

Although DADSS equipment (if further perfected and made standard equipment) could further reduce the number of drunk driving incidents, drunk driving will continue so long as individuals make the conscious decision to drink and then get behind the wheel of a car or truck. In other words, the only sure method to prevent drunk driving accidents is for drivers to decide not to drink and drive.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, recognizes the serious harm that drunk driving accidents can cause to the innocent occupants of other cars. Oftentimes, the drunk driver escapes a crash with only minor injuries while motorists who were following the law and driving reasonably suffer catastrophic – even fatal - injuries. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we are committed to helping drunk driving accident victims attempt to hold drunk drivers accountable for the harm and damage they cause through a car crash lawsuit. We help drunk driving crash victims pursue claims for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, punitive damages and other losses they incur as a result of the drunk driving crash. Our firm has over 32 years of experience in representing car accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. Contact us to schedule your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

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Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, assists victims of Georgia car wrecks and other traffic collisions in the Southeast recover compensation for their injuries and losses. This may include monetary compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, punitive damages if the at-fault driver's conduct rose to the level of gross negligence and more. We strive to achieve the most favorable outcome possible for our clients under the law. 

Our law firm has over 32 years of experience in representing car accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. Contact us to schedule your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Source: http://www.leftlanenews.com/nhtsa-pushes-for-alcohol-detection-locks-in-all-cars-93581.html

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