U.S. lawmakers want the auto industry step up to help prevent drunk driving.
New legislation introduced by Senators Tom Udall and Rick Scott would give government-led researchers $10 million to develop air and touch sensors that could tell if a driver was too drunk to be behind the wheel.
The Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone Act, or RIDE Act, would also set aside $25 million for the technology to be first tested in government vehicles.
The NHTSA says that drunk driving accounts for 1/3 of all traffic deaths.
NPR talked to experts in the auto industry that say that the technology to detect a drunk driver without the driving actually doing anything isn't quite there yet, but breathalyzers are more streamlined than ever before.
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