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New technology may curb drunk driving

| Dec 12, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

If passed, the Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone Act of 2019 would require all vehicles to have alcohol detection equipment installed in all new cars by 2024. According to its sponsors, the legislation could result in 7,000 fewer deaths on Virginia roads and others nationwide per year. The RIDE Act would first require that alcohol detection software be installed on a fleet of vehicles to determine how such a system would work.

Vehicle manufacturers and other stakeholders to develop technology that could minimize or eliminate drunk driving. There is a body of evidence to suggest that using ignition interlock devices (IIDs) on all vehicles could reduce instances of drunk driving. Data produced by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) showed that they prevented drunk drivers from starting their vehicles on three million different occasions since 2006.

If these devices are mandated for all new vehicles, federal funding would likely help pay any additional costs automakers incur. Currently, those who are required to use an IID must pay to have it installed as well as cover a monthly service fee. They must also generally cover the cost of having them removed from their vehicles.

Those who are injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk driving may be entitled to compensation from the person who caused the accident. Generally speaking, operating a vehicle while impaired is considered to be a negligent act. An attorney may gather evidence that a person was impaired or otherwise unfit to operate a motor vehicle when an accident occurred. Compensation might help to pay for current or future medical bills, lost wages and lost future earnings related to the accident.