Infrastructure Bill Would Attack Drunk Driving

One of the provisions in the proposed bipartisan infrastructure bill being considered by the U.S. Senate contains a provision that has been long sought after by an anti-drunk driving advocacy group. The requirement beginning on page 1,067 of the 2,700-page, $1 Trillion bill provides that new cars contain "advanced drunk and impaired driving technology."

This technology, according to the bill, would "passively monitor the performance of a driver" and "whether that driver may be impaired." It would also "passively and accurately detect whether the blood alcohol concentration of the driver of a motor vehicle" is too high to be driving and prevent the car from driving if that is the case.

Cars Would Shut Down

According to FoxBusiness, vehicles will be required to track whether their drivers may have been drinking and will shut down if they believe that to be the case. The policy is a longtime project of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and the group is taking a victory lap online over its inclusion in the bill.

"The infrastructure bill awaiting a U.S. Senate vote includes the most significant, lifesaving public policy in MADD's 41-year history. Requiring prevention tech in all new vehicles will mark the beginning of the end of drunk driving!" the organization tweeted.

MADD thanked Reps. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich.; Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y.; David McKinley, R-W.Va.; Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.; Sen. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M.; and Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., for helping to advance the policy.


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