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Mothers Against Drunk Driving: it's time for tech to make us safer

Every year, new cars come equipped with innovative features designed to dazzle prospective buyers. Cars can now park themselves, keep track of which lane you’re in and even clean their own windows.

While the technological advances can make driving easier, the president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving says the auto industry should put more effort into developing tech that can prevent people from driving drunk and causing motor vehicle crashes that injure and kill.

Helen Witty, national president of the organization, wrote recently that it’s time for the auto makers and high-tech leaders “to accelerate the development of vehicle technology that would prevent a drunken driver from operating a vehicle.”

Witty pointed out to a congressional panel that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says almost 11,000 people died on U.S. streets and highways in 2017 and more than 200,000 were injured at the hands of drunk drivers. Crashes involving impaired drivers account for nearly one third of all road fatalities.

Witty says her challenge to the industry giants in auto manufacturing and technology is also driven by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which estimates that implementation of a drunk driving prevention system could save 7,000 lives per year.

Witty notes that there has been research in the auto industry into the development of both touch-based and breath-based alcohol detection systems. But the reality is that neither system is available to consumers and that drunk driving continues endanger innocent motorists on the highways, roads and streets of Lake Charles and the rest of the nation.

Those who have been harmed by a drunk driver can hold that person responsible for their negligence with the help of qualified legal representation experienced in personal injury litigation.

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