NHTSA Experiments with DUI Prevention Vehicle Technology

steering-wheel-51144641-300x295Technology already exists that prevents a drunk driver from operating his or her vehicle, but could there be a day when vehicles can actually compensate for the actions of a drunk driver when he or she is driving? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has begun several research projects focused on creating automated vehicle systems which would warn drivers of other vehicles’ mistakes and prevent drivers from making serious mistakes themselves, according to a report by Digitaltrends.com.

The first of these proposed safety features is the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), which would read a driver’s blood alcohol content through a breathalyzer or touch system that measures alcohol concentration in the skin and prevents the vehicle from starting if he or she is over the legal limit. The NHTSA plans to test the system by the end of 2012.

Additionally, new technology championed by the NHTSA would cut the throttle of a car when both the brake and gas pedal are depressed at the same time. This brake-override system is meant to prevent a driver from making mistakes when reacting to a sudden danger, but would also be effective in preventing some drunk driving accidents.

Finally, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, or V2V, would monitor the locations of other vehicles nearby and alert the driver to any sort of mistakes that other drivers are making, such as running a red light. This could give drivers an early warning of the presence of those driving under the influence of alcohol and keep them from being involved in a DUI car crash. The NHTSA will be testing the system on 3,000 vehicles this year and studying its performance and the effect it has on drivers.

Even with advanced technology, Maryland drivers still make mistakes and drive under the influence of alcohol. When such actions lead to an accident, the resulting penalties can cause a defendant to lose his or her license, and be subject to heavy fines and even prison time. At Alpert Schreyer, our Bethesda drunk driving accident defense lawyers understand the seriousness of such charges and can protect you from unnecessarily harsh punishments. For a consultation on your case by our experienced legal team, call (866) 444-6363.

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