Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) applauds the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee leadership for including a provision for drunk and impaired driving prevention technology in future new vehicles as part of its 5-year, $78 billion Surface Transportation Investment Act. The bill will be considered by the Senate committee next week.

The bill directs the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to establish safety standards for all new cars to be equipped with advanced drunk and impaired driving prevention technology. Auto manufacturers would then be required to equip new vehicles with the technology within two to three years.

“We are overwhelmed with gratitude that the Senate Commerce Committee leadership understands the urgent need to get technology on all new cars to stop drunk driving – the leading killer on America’s roads,” said MADD National President Alex Otte. “We thank Chair Maria Cantwell and Ranking Member Roger Wicker for their leadership, and the commitment of Senators Ben Ray Luján, Rick Scott and Gary Peters reassures all of us who have been impacted by drunk and impaired driving that we have champions in the Senate who are fighting with us to end these tragedies.”

According to an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study, equipping all vehicles with advanced drunk driving prevention technology would save 9,400 lives a year.

“MADD has identified 241 examples of existing technologies that could prevent drunk and impaired driving,” Otte said. “We have complete confidence that the auto manufacturers can get this technology on all new cars within the timeline in this legislation and start saving lives. This is the beginning of the end of drunk driving.”

Contact: Becky Iannotta, 202.600.2032, becky.iannotta@madd.org