Tampa DUI Accident Attorney :: Driver’s Alcohol Detection System still in development by NHTSA


The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to continue working with a coalition of automakers to develop a Driver Alcohol Detection System to curb the growing trend of DUI fatalities.

According to reports, in 2012, deaths in crashes involving drunk drivers increased 4.6 percent, taking 10,322 lives, compared to 9,865 in 2011.

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The Driver Alcohol Detection System, or DADSS, promises to detect when a driver is above the legal alcohol limit of 0.08 BAC adopted by all 50 U.S. states, including Florida. The automatic system would be enabled every time the car is started, but unobtrusive so it would not pose an inconvenience to the non-intoxicated driver.

By early 2015, the agency hopes to have a research vehicle that incorporates two different approaches to measuring alcohol in a person’s system– a touch-based and breath-based system. To date, research using laboratory-scale prototype device is underway, while testing with on-road prototype devices is expected within the next few years.

NHTSA and ACTS are contributing a combined total of $6.5 million to help advance the research into DADSS.

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