WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nexstar) — What if your car wouldn’t letyou drive drunk?
Two senators want auto makers to build technology into everynew car that would, essentially, take away your key if you’ve had a few toomany.
Fighting back tears, Meghan Abbas held the last pictures of her brother and his family. In January, her family of five was returning home from the holidays when a truck slammed into their car. The driver had a blood alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit.
“He should be here. They should all be here,” said Abbas. “Drunkdriving. We need to stop it.”
Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott says the driver shouldnever have been able to get behind the wheel in the first place.
“Drunk driving is the number one cause of death on America’sroadways. Deaths that are 100% preventable,” said Scott.
Scott and New Mexico Democrat Tom Udall introduced The Ride Act to jump start research for devices that can determine a driver’s blood alcohol level by simply touching the steering wheel or pressing the engine start button.
The bill would create a $10 million-dollar pilot program forthe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and automakers to developand implement the new technology by 2024.
Former NHTSA administrator Joan Claybrook thinks the technology could save the country as much as $200 billion a year.
“You can imagine what we could do with that funds — that money — to advance our society rather than pick up the pieces,” said Claybrook.