According to the CDC, every day 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. The numbers are sobering — no pun intended — but what can concerned citizens do to lessen the number of fatalities short of getting out the word?
Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) thinks she has the answer. Rice is proposing legislation that would require all new cars to come equipped with a breathalyzer. The device would prevent a vehicle from starting in the event a blood alcohol content over the legal limit was detected.
The American Beverage Institute (ABI) responded to the study cited by Rice, saying the conclusion that alcohol detection technology should be mandatory is “based on a series of assumptions that are far from reality.”
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