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U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Views Demonstration of New In-Vehicle Technology Targeted Toward Habitual Drunk Drivers 01 28 2011

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Views Demonstration of New In-Vehicle Technology Targeted Toward Habitual Drunk Drivers 01 28 2011

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DOT 12-11Friday, January 28, 2010Contact: Karen AldanaTel: 202-366-9550
U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Views Demonstration of New In-Vehicle Technology Targeted Toward Habitual Drunk Drivers
WALTHAM, MA – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and National HighwayTraffic Safety Administrator David Strickland today took a first look at new DriverAlcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) technology being developed to preventalcohol-impaired drivers from operating their vehicles while under the influence.Secretary LaHood and Administrator Strickland were joined by Shane Karr, vicepresident for Federal Government Affairs at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers,and Laura Dean Mooney, national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving(MADD), and JD Crouch, president of QinetiQ North America's Technology SolutionsGroup for a demonstration of DADSS technology at the QinetiQ lab where it is underdevelopment in Waltham, Massachusetts.While still in the developmental stages, DADSS is seen as a potential tool for keepingdrunk drivers from being able operate their car if their blood alcohol concentration is ator above the legal intoxication limit (.08 BAC or higher). The technology could bevoluntarily installed as an option for new cars. One system under evaluation determinesthe blood alcohol concentration through a touch-based approach and another system usesa breath-based approach.NHTSA research shows that drivers involved in fatal accidents with blood alcohol levelsabove the .08 legal limit are eight times more likely to have had a prior conviction forimpaired driving than drivers who had no alcohol in their bodies at the time of a wreck.“Drunk driving continues to be a national tragedy that needlessly claims the lives of thousands of people on our highways each year,” said Secretary LaHood. “We need toput an end to it.”MADD President Laura Dean-Mooney, who was left a widow and single mother when adrunk driver killed her husband, Mike Dean, welcomed the progress of the DADSSresearch effort, saying, "Auto makers have stepped up to help turn cars into the
U.S. Department of TransportationOffice of Public Affairs1200 New Jersey Avenue, SEWashington, DC 20590www.dot.gov/briefing-room.html
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