Q: I’m curious concerning the lack of dialogue on the alcohol detection system being considered. It appears it’s a forgone conclusion to occur.
I’ll preface this by saying I’ve misplaced buddies to drunk driving crashes and I’ve no tolerance for drivers below the affect. I additionally help legal guidelines that mandate alcohol detection methods for these with DUI convictions.
A: And you’ve got some numbers to share.
Q: Statistics present that alcohol is the reason for about 25% of visitors deaths. The California Workplace of Visitors Security has the 2019 visitors fatality quantity at round 3,600, which implies that about 900 deaths had been alcohol-related.
The Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security stories that the proportion of visitors deaths attributed to rushing in 2019 was additionally round 25%. I don’t know what % of these speeders had been DUI or vice versa, however what I do know is that there has by no means been the identical stage of dialogue about necessary reducing of horsepower or most doable pace of automobiles and vans.
Why is that? It appears to me that some members of society choose on alcohol as a result of it’s straightforward.
Sorry for the rant, and I’m certain I’ll get flak for my feedback. It’s simply that perhaps we should always take a look at all causes of visitors fatalities and never only one.
A: However drunk driving is the massive worry, together with rushing.
Proper now, new guidelines needs to be prepared inside three years, with a two-year interval for automakers to have expertise put in on new autos to cut back drunk driving. This might embody plenty of issues, comparable to a breathalyzer, a pores and skin sensor within the gear shift, infrared cameras that monitor a driver’s habits and search for indicators of impairment.
Q: Right here we go once more. Authorities has mandated a expertise that doesn’t but exist to cut back drunken driving. My prediction is that this gear will probably be rushed into manufacturing with out sufficient testing. There could possibly be bugs within the system that often lock the automobile when the motive force is stone chilly sober. Finally, it will occur in an emergency state of affairs. And somebody might die.
My query is whether or not their kin get to sue the automakers or the federal government. Wait — I already know the reply.
Tony Lima, San Francisco
A: One novel thought is to watch the motive force’s head and eyes utilizing a digicam or different sensors contained in the car.
Q: I used to be so happy be taught that we might get more durable on drunk drivers.That is lengthy overdue.
Belinda Hayes, San Jose
A: Sure, it’s. Keep in mind that each 52 minutes within the U.S., an individual dies in a drunk driving crash.
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