This country requires all new cars to come with anti-drunk driving systems

The US infrastructure bill, which is awaiting President Joe Biden’s signature, puts a lot of focus on electric vehicle adoption. But there's another automotive area that the bill wants to work on. It aims to reduce drunk driving fatalities in the country with the use of advanced impaired driving technology, Washington Post reported.

File photo used for representational purpose only.
File photo used for representational purpose only.

As per the section 24220 of the bill, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities represent approximately one-third of all highway fatalities in the US annually. In 2019, there were 10,142 such cases involving drivers with a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.08 or higher.

Also Read | New cars may soon have tech to detect if you're drunk 

The US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety believes that advanced drunk and impaired driving technology will help prevent more than 9,400 fatalities in the country annually. Thus, the US Infrastructure bill says, “Advanced drunk and impaired driving prevention technology must be standard equipment in all new passenger motor vehicles."

Trending Cars

Find more Cars

The bill states that the anti-drunk driving systems can either passively monitor the performance of a driver so as to determine if they may be impaired or passively detect whether their blood alcohol concentration is too high. If the system detects an impaired driver, the driver will need to prevent or limit the operation of the vehicle.

Also Read : Dehydrated while driving is as dangerous as drunk driving: Study

The bill mentions a timeline of three years for implementation of the Advanced Drunk and Impaired Driving Prevention Technology Safety Standard, and then automakers will be given up to three years to comply. However, these dates can subject to change if needed. The legislation has even envisioned a scenario where nothing happens for a decade.

Apart from this, the bill sets aside a budget of $1.75 trillion to give a big boost to electric vehicles, especially to Detroit's Big Three automakers and the US Postal Service. The bill boosts electric vehicle credits to up to $12,500 per vehicle, including $4,500 for union-made vehicles and $500 for US-made batteries.

First Published Date: 11 Nov 2021, 12:21 PM IST
Shopping Bag Shop Now
74% OFF
Microfiber Car Cleaning Soft Brush Ideal as Mop Duster, Washing Brush with Long Handle, Dust Cleaner Car Wash Brush with Handle, Soft Brush Scratch Free, Cleaning Dashboard Curved Design - Grey
Rs. 389 Rs. 1,499
1% OFF
GOODAIR Clear Car Windshield Enhancer | Classic |12 Tablets
Rs. 295 Rs. 299
55% OFF
Antson Portable High Power 2 in 1 Car Vacuum Cleaner | USB Rechargeable Wireless Handheld Car Vacuum Cleaner Traveling, Camping Reusable and Sustainable, Portable,Rechargeable Vacuum (2 in 1)
Rs. 899 Rs. 1,999
64% OFF
QUPET® Portable High Pressure Foot Activated Air Pump Compressor Air Pump for Car, Bike, Bicycle, Football Pump fits Universal Presta and Schrader
Rs. 474 Rs. 1,299

Please provide your details to get Personalized Offers on

Choose city
+91 | Choose city
Choose city
Choose city
Powered by: Acko Logo
Please be noted that any information provided herein above will be received by Acko General Insurance Limited (“Acko”). By mentioning the above information, you agree to provide these details and information to Acko.
By clicking "View Offers" you Agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy

Dear Name

Please verify your mobile number.

+91 | Choose city
Couldn't verify the OTP.
It's either expired or it's incorrect.