Secure the Future

Imagine a world without drunk driving…Ten thousand fewer families would get the call or visit from law enforcement letting them know their loved one isn’t coming home, hundreds of thousands of people would not be injured, families would remain together and intact, and our country would save $132 billion in costs each year.

Now, that world is possible.  A generation ago it would have sounded absurd that inflatable bags of air would help protect us in a car crash; now, every new car has them.  Today’s cars can parallel park themselves and have anti-theft sensors that can shut down the engine.  Tomorrow’s cars will protect our families from drunk driving by automatically determining whether or not the driver is above the legal limit of .08 and failing to operate if the driver is impaired. 

Moms and DADSS Keeping Families Safe

In 2006, MADD, the government, traffic safety advocates and members of the automotive industry created a panel to encourage and support the development of new technology that would stop drivers from operating a vehicle if drunk.  The result was DADSS or Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety.  Together, MADD and DADSS are working toward a nation free from drunk driving.  These devices will be accurate, reliable and totally transparent to you and me. They would only come into play if someone tries to drive above a .08.

There are two technologies being studied,  one is a touch-based system that can read your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) through your fingertips and the other is an air-sampling system that can test and isolate just the air exhaled by the driver.  Both of these systems are well on their way to being tested in real vehicles.  Visit Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, from the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to learn more about emerging technologies to prevent drunk driving.

Imagine being able to look at the car next to you and know that the driver is not drunk.  That peace of mind can be ours, with your support.