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Broad Coalition Supports ROADS SAFE

Broad Coalition Supports ROADS SAFE

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Published by: Tom Udall on Mar 21, 2012
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July 26, 2011Honorable Jay Rockefeller Honorable Kay Bailey HutchisonChairman Ranking MemberSenate Committee on Commerce, Senate Committee on Commerce,Science and Transportation Science and Transportation508 Dirksen Senate Office Building 508 Dirksen Senate Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20510 Washington, D.C. 20510Dear Chairman Rockefeller and Ranking Member Hutchison:As a diverse group of organizations and companies dedicated to reducing highwayfatalities caused by drunk driving and other factors, we urge you to include the ROADS SAFEAct (Research of Alcohol Detection Systems for Stopping Alcohol-related Fatalities Everywhere-- HR 510), introduced by Senator Tom Udall and Senator Bob Corker, in the NHTSATransportation Reauthorization bill.This legislation would authorize the transfer of currently unused safety funds at a rate of $12 million annually for five years to support and expand the ongoing DADSS (Driver AlcoholDetection System for Safety) research program currently being undertaken by the NationalHighway Traffic Safety Administration and leading automakers.The goal of this research program is to develop a publicly-supported technology forvehicles that will instantaneously and passively detect if a driver is drunk (above the legal limitof .08 BAC) and prevent the vehicle from starting. The technology must be extremely accurate,inexpensive and a non-invasive optional safety feature.Despite Americans driving nearly 21 billion more miles last year, U.S. highway trafficfatalities dropped three percent from 2009 to the lowest levels in recorded history. To maintainthis low rate, particularly as the economy starts to recover and highway travel increases further,we need to be diligent in pursuing opportunities that have the potential to be very effective. If the DADSS research program is successful, more than 8,000 lives can be saved each year, amajor step toward eliminating drunk driving (which costs taxpayers $130 billion each year).Again, we ask that you include this important life-saving measure in the traffic safetyreauthorization legislation that is developed by your Committee.Sincerely,
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (AHAS)
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

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