Alcohol Detection Systems Is Compulsory For All Cars In This Country: No More Drunk Driving?
Drunk Driving has been one of the major concerns over the world. It causes thousands of deaths every year. In the USA only, it is the reason for the death of almost 10000 people annually. So, various pressure groups have been urging the government to come up with a concrete solution to this problem. It looks like the US government might just have taken the right step in the direction of improving road safety.
The USA mandates Alcohol Detection System in every car
The new law was introduced on Tuesday by President Joe Biden. He signed the infrastructure bill that requires new cars have the systems installed as standard equipment. With this mandate, it will now be mandatory for every car in the US to have an alcohol detection system.
The bill would require the US Transportation Department to set a technology safety standard within three years – and then give automakers at least another two years to comply – as long as new requirements are “reasonable, practicable, and appropriate”.
The bill said if regulators do not finalize new safety rules within 10 years, the department must report to Congress.
Pressure Groups are happy with the new law
Many pressure groups have been advocating for such anti-drunk-driving measures for years now. One such pressure group is Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). They have been urging the federal legislation to make alcohol detection systems mandatory in all vehicles.
Sarah Carmichael, who happens to be a victim, has been a vocal supporter for all other victims. Her life changed forever after a crash in February 2008. It took her years to recover. Alex Otte, national president of MADD said, “I’m crying tears of joy today.”
“This is the beginning of the end of drunk driving,” she wrote in a statement after Biden’s law signing ceremony Monday at the White House.
These kinds of rules need to be implemented all over the world. Will India bring in these kinds of rules anytime soon? Only time will tell.