Drunk drivers could be stopped from driving by new technology. The U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration were present during the first demonstration of a sensor system that shuts-off the engine if the driver’s blood alcohol limit is above the limit. The sensors, placed in such areas as the steering wheel and door locks, analyze skin and breath to evaluate the driver’s BAC. The technology is “another arrow in our automotive safety quiver,” said LaHood. Strickland noted the technology could prevent 9,000 fatal alcohol-related collisions every year. Although, it would take 8-10 years for the technology to go mainstream.
According to news reports, automakers will have the option of installing the sensors. Critics worry they won’t be about their accuracy or the chances of not being able to start a car despite being sober. Some think the risk may be too high. As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I think this technology may be valuable for preventing deaths due to drunk driving, as long as it is tested and proven to be accurate. I look forward to hearing more about the technology. If you or a loved one are injured by a negligent driver, have your case evaluated with a personal injury attorney Los Angeles.