In 2026, you will no longer be able to drive while intoxicated, will this work?
The most dangerous people crossing our roads these days are drunk drivers and drivers distracted by texting/Facebook/cellphones. These people are taking the lives of innocent people trying to live their day.
A new national mandate was created when the House and Senate passed and Biden signed their massive infrastructure bill into law. In this bill, there is a provision that requires automakers to create and install anti-drinking driving technology in all their new cars starting with their 2026 model year.
How will they do it? I found the following are:
“Standard immobilizer device. It is the benchmark for many states, as it tests your breath sample (or that of anyone driving your vehicle) at start-up and periodically while the car is running. Most states require the device to prevent a driver from operating the vehicle if it detects a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.02-0.025% or higher…which is approximately one standard drink for a 150 pound person.
Interlocking with camera. Virginia recently updated its statewide lockout requirement through VASAP to require that a violator can only use a camera immobilizer. The camera takes a photo during each test (start and roll) to ensure no one is blowing into the device on behalf of the person driving.
Interlocking with GPS. The most recent improvements to locks are those that are GPS-enabled. New York requires them, and they allow an offender’s location to be tracked, which is especially necessary for those with restrictions on where they can and cannot drive.
Currently, these devices would be based on a breath or blood analyzer. I don’t see any blood being used as a test sample.
Will these devices work?
Is this the next step for Big Brother to watch us? If you feel like that, how can we stop these people from drunk driving, hurting and killing innocent people?
Will people just find a way around the devices?
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