Enhancing Vehicle Technology to Prevent Drunk Driving, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, First Session, March 14, 2019   [open pdf - 4MB]

This is the March 14, 2019 hearing on "Enhancing Vehicle Technology to Prevent Drunk Driving," held before the House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. From the Opening Statement of Jan Schakowsky: "As the Consumer Protection Subcommittee, we are committed to ensuring the safety of the American people. We have addressed a number of auto safety issues over the years, holding hearings on the Takata airbag defects and the GM ignition switch defect. We had a hearing last year on drugged driving, which has been on the rise in recent years. But we haven't really addressed the No. 1 cause of death on America's roads, drunk driving. [...] So, today we are exploring some technologies that make it harder for people to make the wrong decision. Currently, ignition interlocks are available for installation in cars on the road. These are devices that can detect levels of alcohol in a person's system, and if above the legal limit, will prevent a car from starting. [...] Today's interlock devices, however, are not enough. They are too intrusive for general use, and that is why NHTSA [National Highway Transportation Safety Administration] has been working with the auto industry to develop more integrated technologies, known as Driver Alcohol Detention Systems for Safety, or DADSS, that can be deployed even more expansively." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Helen Witty, Robert Strassburger, Joan Claybrook, and David Kelly.

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Serial No. 116-19
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