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Technology to Eliminate Drunk Driving
By MADD | August 30, 2013| 4 Comments | Filed in: 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!



Submitted by Dave at 02:27 PM on September 6, 2013
I think this warrants a push like the MANHATTAN PROJECT in WWII PLEASE
Submitted by Sherry at 05:27 PM on September 5, 2013
Dearest mothers out there: I can't identify with losing a child but I do know the pain of having your daughter hit from behind by a drunk and illegal resident. It has changed her life's decisions now that she lives with back and neck pain everyday. Having a child is not even recommended at this point. I'm for any device that keeps drunks off the road.
Submitted by Bubbleeyes1 at 12:45 PM on September 5, 2013
dear Anonymous, I feel the same way. My granddaughter was killed by a drunk driver June 2009. Our offender is up for consideration of parole this October 2013. Laws in all states need to be enforced and made stonger to keep offenders in jail. I will go so far as to say, it should be prosecuted as MURDER 2!
Submitted by Anonymous at 02:18 PM on September 1, 2013
My daughter, Lysa Ayn, was murdered by a drunk driver in July,2002. I agree with all the devices that can help stop drunk driving...but I would rather see the laws in all 50 states change to laws that would keep the drunk driver in jail...that stops that drunk from driving...there are too many cracks for the drunk drivers to hide in after being caught numerous times drving anyone's car. The drunk driver that murdered my daughter walked out of prison August 12, of this year, 2013. I am not walking out of anywhere...ever...and Lysa is still dead.

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