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DADSS named one of TIME MAGAZINE'S 50 best inventions
By MADD | January 19, 2012| 7 Comments | Filed in: Drunk Driving

Recently, TIME MAGAZINE released “The Invention Issue,” In which they named the 50 best inventions of 2011.  MADD is proud that the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) is listed among them.  DADSS is a cooperative research project between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and leading automakers through the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety to encourage and support the development of new technology that would stop drivers from operating a vehicle if drunk.

As stated in TIME, the project is developing "touch- and breath-based sensors that could be strategically placed on steering wheels and ignition push buttons to instantly measure drivers' blood alcohol concentration. The sensors would automatically analyze a driver's breath or skin to determine whether or not he or she was fit to drive.

The devices are in testing now and will be embedded into a research vehicle by the end of 2013," TIME continues. "If all goes as planned, they could be on the road in eight to 10 years."

The DADSS research program is one of the three elements of MADD's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®, which is marked its fifth year of progress in 2011.  Read more about the DADSS program here.



Submitted by DUI Stockholder at 09:31 AM on February 12, 2012
We rent out the Unit that stops the drunk from driving. DMV has our phone number on a list they hand out. Frankly they don't have the man power to send the necessary letters out they are required to by law. . . claim too much to do. May be true, I don't work there. It is an up hill "battle" to get to the actual drunk driver. Our court system, attorney's and regulation make it so difficult for us to get the device information to the drunk. I'm in my late 60's so I don't work at the company, but that doesn't stop me from trying to find out who is responsible for slowing down the process of getting the devices out to the drunk so it is safer on the road for all of us. My grandchildren are out there driving with these people everyday - so are yours. We need to do everything possible to make it easier for the drunk to get all of the things that change once he/she become a "DUI driver" Some states have a different color driver's license - Pink - and so when they present there license to an officer or the liquor store, everyone knows who they are. Then there is the AUTO insurance problem they face. Some companies will charge a lower rate if they prove they have the BAIID Unit on their car or cars. I'm sure our company isn't any different than others, in that we test our Units 24 hours a day. NONE of our employees are DUI people but most have a Unit on their own cars and try to fool it in different ways to make SURE that no one can over ride it and drive drunk. We have only scratched the surface. New Units and new software is being designed every day. So until the rehabilitation of the DUI offender is completely under control, these Units are available and required. Problem is that each states needs to "Get on Board" with the program. I was shocked to see the state ratings on YOUR MAP. Wow, what a mess. To all out there, keep up the good work. It takes ALL of us to make it a safer world.
Submitted by staypower at 03:25 PM on February 5, 2012
Drunk drivers deprive other people of their constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Submitted by wowzer at 12:41 PM on February 3, 2012
@destroid that does not fit into there long term goal of Prohibition.
Submitted by Really!!! at 08:33 AM on February 2, 2012
Laws to destroy good people! If they were such good people they would not be on the road impaired. I was the victim of a drunk driver. I woke up to seizures for the rest of my life, no perferial vision, signifigant memory loss, and loss of short term memory. There are many more things that this "good person" did to destroy my way of life and my families way of life. My son was "lucky" enough to be on a bus that passed by my accident, he has not been the same since he saw his moms car destroyed and mangled, but could not get off the bus. So in short, do not tell me about these "good people" because to me they are all scum of the earth who have destroyed lives. I just hope your life is never one of them. Your view may be different if you are a victim and not an offender.
Submitted by MyDeadSister at 05:24 AM on February 2, 2012
First, it sounds like you may be a DUI offender or someone who is very close to you is a DUI Offender. On either case, count your blessings my friend that you are alive and breathing to be having this conversation. My sister who was killed by a drunk driver doesn't have that option, no,.she's dead in the ground for 22 yrs now. You want to talk about "Good" people?? What about the DUI Offender that destroyed her her life, she was a "Great" person. The laws MADD support are for the good of every breathing person, to try and protect them from irresponsible drivers who choose to drink & drive. MADD host monthly VIP Classes to share personal experiences of victims who have lost someone due to a drunk driving crash. MADD realizes that DUI Offenders also suffer pain when convicted of a DUI; however, at the end of the day, they are still breathinwg. There is rehabilitation available of the DUI Offender is truly sorry for their choices,.they will seek the necessary help.
Submitted by Boozersstink at 09:10 PM on January 31, 2012
@Destroid "GOOD PEOPLE" do not drink and drive and Kill.
Submitted by destroid at 10:54 PM on January 29, 2012
What has madd done to help rehabilitate dui offenders other than encourage laws that destroy good people.

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