House Reviews Drunk Driving Detection BillOct 26th, 2011 | By agrss | Category: Uncategorized
A bill was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives in June that is designed to prevent drunk driving injuries and fatalities. H.R. 2324 also is known as the “Research of Alcohol Detection Systems for Stopping Alcohol-Related Fatalities Everywhere Act of 2011” or the “ROADS SAFE Act of 2011.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has partnered with automobile manufacturers to develop alcohol detection technologies that could be installed in vehicles to prevent drunk driving. However, the bill calls for the government agency to carry out a collaborative research effort “to continue to explore the feasibility and the potential benefits
of, and the public policy challenges associated with, more widespread deployment of in-vehicle
technology to prevent alcohol-impaired driving.”
The bill, if passed, would require the NHTSA to present annual reports to the Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the House’s Committee on Energy and Commerce that describes its progress on the research. If passed, the bill would allot
$12 million a year for the fiscal years from 2012 to 2016 to carry out the research.
According to the bill’s authors, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R – W.Va.), Rep. Heath Shuler (D –
N.C.), and John Sarbanes (D – Md.), alcohol-impaired driving fatalities represent approximately
one third of all highway fatalities in the United States in a given year. In 2009, there were 10,839 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, according to the bill. In addition, the bill reports that an estimated 9,000 road traffic deaths could be prevented every year if alcohol detection technologies were more widely used to prevent alcohol-impaired drivers from operating their vehicles.