This past Wednesday, Senators Rick Scott and Tom Udall introduced a bill called the Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone Act of 2019 (RIDE Act of 2019).
According to an article from CDLLlife, the bill would require the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to work with vehicle manufacturers on a “Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety” technology.
Lawmakers say the technology could include “devices to determine a driver’s blood-alcohol level by touching the steering wheel or engine start button,” or “sensors that passively monitor a driver’s breath or eye-movements.”
The bill would allocate $25 million for testing the system during a pilot program on a fleet of 2,500 vehicles.
“The fact is that deaths from drunk driving are completely preventable – so we have an obligation to do everything we can to prevent such senseless tragedies. I’ve been in this fight for a long time, and we’ve made real progress. But we are still losing thousands of lives each year to drunk driving crashes. Every drunk driving death is one too many – and one family too many forced to confront unimaginable pain. With this legislation, we have the opportunity to help end drunk driving for good by putting alcohol detection technology in all new motor vehicles,” said Udall. “We owe it to those we’ve lost – to honor them with action.”