Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) today renewed its challenge to the auto industry to embrace passive drunk driving prevention technology and support federal legislation to mandate the lifesaving systems in all new vehicles.
In a statement for a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce hearing on automotive technologies, MADD noted that in March 2019 before the same subcommittee, then-MADD National President Helen Witty called on auto manufacturers and suppliers to make drunk driving prevention technology “commercially available … as soon as possible.”
Two years later, MADD’s research has identified 241 examples of existing technologies that could help prevent drunk driving; the MADD findings were provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in response to a Request for Information. Getting this technology on all new cars is long overdue, said MADD National President Alex Otte and Rana Abbas Taylor of Michigan, whose sister, Rima, brother-in-law Issam, nephew Ali and nieces Isabella and Giselle were killed in a wrong-way drunk driving crash in January 2019.
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