NTSB recommends drink-driving prevention technology in all new cars


The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday expressed support for requiring new vehicles to include drink-driving prevention technology.

NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy said technology — and speed-related technology — “could prevent the tens of thousands of deaths we see in the United States each year from impaired driving and speeding-related crashes.”

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, passed last year with bipartisan support, gave the Department of Transportation three years to develop requirements for new vehicles to be equipped with “advanced drink-driving prevention technology.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not immediately respond to a request for comment on its progress.

NHTSA says 32 people die every day from alcohol-related collisions — more than 11,000 a year. It reported a 5% increase in deaths in 2021.

The NTSB’s recommendation is part of its investigation into a 2021 California frontal crash that killed nine people, most of them children.

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