Congress mandates a bill of stop drunk driving


Congress mandates the use of stop drunk driving cars

Congress is making the most significant push ever to stop drunk driving with President Biden's massive infrastructure bill. As mentioned earlier, one of the provisions included a mandate for anti-diabetic driving technology in new cars. Congress has passed the Infrastructure and Jobs Investment Act without changing the procedure, Autoblog (AP) reports,  the president will sign it soon. As part of the legislation, automakers will have to include technology to detect and stop drunk drivers by 2026.

First, the Department of Transportation will determine the best solution to limit drunk driving. Specifically, the bill would require something that would "passively monitor the performance of a motorist to determine whether that driver has been impaired." This sounds similar to infrared camera solutions already in use today by General Motors, Nissan, and others, Sam Abuelsamid, principal mobility analyst at Guidehouse Insights, tells AP. We will need something more advanced than respirators, already used as punishment for convicted drunk drivers.

The NHTSA says about 10,000 people die each year in the United States from drunk driving accidents. Now that we have more intelligent sensors and many cameras to watch driver behavior, which help to prevent these kinds of accidents. Within a decade, they should feel as popular as seat belts.

The infrastructure bill also includes other safety measures, such as a back seat reminder to notify parents about children left in car seats. In addition, Congress will also require automatic emergency braking and lane departure warnings, features already offered by many new cars. It's unclear when self-driving vehicles will become a reality, but human drivers can at least look forward to more ways to prevent accidents until then.

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