Technology to Eliminate Drunk Driving

The advanced technology that can eliminate drunk driving is now one step closer to reality. Earlier this week at the Governor’s Highways Safety Association’s Annual Meeting, David Strickland, the Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), shared an update on the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) program in his keynote speech.

DADSS is an invisible auto-grade system that would stop a driver that is above .08 from starting the car.  Supporting the development of this advanced technology is a component of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk DrivingClick here to learn more about DADSS and the Campaign.

He reported that a research vehicle that incorporates two different technological approaches to measuring BAC—touch-based and breath-based—will be complete by early next year.

When discussing the importance of highway safety and technology, Administrator Strickland said, “We must look to technological intervention to make the next great leap.”  In that, he included the DADSS technology as one of three technological priorities to help save lives on our nation’s roadways, and even and called DADSS “the moonshot to stop drunk driving.”

In addition, the support for DADSS continues to grow, especially among MADD’s partners in the automotive industry.  Recently, Chrysler’s CEO, Sergio Marchionne, personally conveyed his company’s continued support of DADSS.

Administrator Strickland’s update on the continued progress of the technology, as well as the support it is receiving gives us great hope for the future.  We look forward to the day when there are no more drunk driving deaths or injuries, and DADSS has the potential to eliminate drunk driving once and for all.  Thank you to all of the MADD supporters who helped make this possible!