Could Technology Put an End to Atlanta Impaired Driving Accidents? - Van Sant Law, LLC

Could Technology Put an End to Atlanta Impaired Driving Accidents?

In 2011, 277 people died in drunk driving accidents in Georgia. The Georgia Governors’ Office of Highway Safety reports 23 percent of deadly car crashes in the state occurred because of impaired driving. Nationwide, drunk driving causes as many as 10,000 deaths each year. refreshing-beer-1267279-m

When a driver makes the dangerous choice to be impaired behind the wheel, an Atlanta drunk driving accident lawyer at Van Sant Law, LLC can provide legal assistance to the victims injured or killed by the impaired motorist. Even when victims are compensated for losses, unfortunately nothing can undo damage done when injuries are permanent or when death results from drunk driving. Prevention is always the goal and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced new technologies that could one day perhaps make drunk driving a thing of the past.

Can Technology End Atlanta Drunk Driving Accidents?

NHTSA has been working in conjunction with the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS) since 2008 to develop Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS). The goal is to develop a technology to incorporate into motor vehicles that does not inconvenience drivers in any way, but which is effective at measuring a driver’s blood alcohol concentration. Drivers do not want their rights infringed on and do not want to be forced to actively take a breath or other BAC tests every time they get into a car if they have no history of impaired driving. However, if a technology could be incorporated to prevent a car from allowing a driver to operate while impaired, the technology could save as many as 7,000 lives annually.

The hope is such a technology will be available within five years. NHTSA has announced significant progress with DADSS. Just recently, two new technologies were incorporated into a test vehicle so researchers can observe how drivers interact with the technologies and whether they work well.

The technologies both prevent a car from moving when a driver’s blood alcohol concentration is detected to be .08 or higher, which is the legal limit nationwide. One infrared technology works by touch, with the infrared reading the blood alcohol content below the surface of the driver’s skin. The other technology is breath-based but, unlike most breath tests, the driver does not have to do anything different other than normal breathing. When the driver exhales, the test is able to detect his blood alcohol concentration through the breath.

If the technologies can get an accurate reading and can be used without causing hassle to a motorist, it is possible they will be effective in the fight against drunk driving. Initially, breath test technology is expected to be offered as an optional add-on safety feature in vehicles. One target market may be parents who want to make sure their children are never able to drive drunk. The success of the technology could lead to its adoption as a mandatory feature on vehicles so drivers will effectively be prevented from impaired driving.

The use of technology to prevent drunk driving is a long way away as a standard feature, and there remains a very real risk until such time. Motorists who make the irresponsible choice to operate a vehicle after drinking alcohol should be held accountable by the victims of their negligence and wrongdoing.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Van Sant Law, LLC can represent you after an injury caused by a drunk driver. Call today at 404-991-5950 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

David M. Van Sant
Atlanta personal injury lawyer dedicated to helping clients throughout GA get the compensation they deserve.
Stopwatch

Time is Running Out!

Georgia gives you a limited amount of time for you to file a claim. Call us now for a free consultation.

24-7 Support

(855) GA-INJURY

404-991-5950

Atlanta

307 14th St NW #100
Atlanta, GA 30318

404-991-5950

(855) GA-INJURY

Office Info
Get Directions

Duluth

3675 Crestwood Pkwy NW #400-A
Duluth, GA 30096

678-771-9001

(855) GA-INJURY

Office Info
Get Directions

Alpharetta

11175 Cicero Drive, Suite #100-A
Alpharetta, GA 30022

678-679-6710

(855) GA-INJURY

Office Info
Get Directions

Lawrenceville

113 S Perry St #205
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

678-771-9000

(855) GA-INJURY

Office Info
Get Directions

Athens

824 S Milledge Ave #203
Athens, GA 30605

706-395-5529

(855) GA-INJURY

Office Info
Get Directions

Sandy Springs

6095 Lake Forrest Dr NE #250-A
Atlanta, GA 30328

678-679-6711

(855) GA-INJURY

Office Info
Get Directions

Cumming

123 Tribble Gap Rd #100
Cumming, GA 30040

770-886-9199

(855) GA-INJURY

Office Info
Get Directions

Gainesville

311 Green Street NW, Suite 400
Gainesville, GA 30501

678-771-9019

(855) GA-INJURY

Office Info
Get Directions

©2019 Van Sant Law, LLC, All Rights Reserved, Reproduced with Permission Privacy Policy | Site Map