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Drunk Driving Deaths Rise in U.S.; Wyoming Tops in DUI Citations

New stats show 2016 expected to be worse than 2015.

by on Apr.19, 2017

Despite increased usage of ignition interlock devices, DUI-related deaths and injuries are on the rise.

After years of declines, traffic fatalities in the United States are on the rise, and unfortunately, that same trend is in place for DUI-related deaths and injuries too, according to new statistics.

Every day, 28 people in the United States die in an alcohol-related vehicle crash—that’s one person every 53 minutes, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data reveals.

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Although drunk driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the last three decades, the chance of being in an alcohol-impaired crash is still one in three during the course of a lifetime, the agency notes, adding that these deaths and damages contribute to a cost of $52 billion per year. (more…)

NHTSA Prototype Car Keeps Drunks Off Roads

Agency working with automakers to develop new system.

by on Jun.05, 2015

NHTSA is developing the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) to prevent drunk drivers from being able to start their cars.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration unveiled a prototype system for cars that can detect if the driver’s blood-alcohol concentration level is beyond the legal limit and prevent the vehicle from starting.

In partnership with several automakers, the safety agency, also known as NHTSA, is developing the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), which is a noninvasive system aimed at detecting when a driver is above the legal alcohol limit. The technology has been in development since 2008.

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While it is often in the headlines for its role in automotive recalls, NHTSA is responsible for the overall safety of U.S. roadways and projects like this are part of its mission, according to officials. The agency unveiled the prototype in Washington D.C. yesterday and it is exploring two ways to check the driver’s BAC level: a breath-based system and a touch-based system. (more…)