Technology that prevents drunk and impaired driving could become standard in new cars in the US. "Impaired driving crashes are 100% preventable – there's simply no excuse or reason to drive impaired by alcohol or drugs," says Ann Carlson, acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has just issued advance notice of proposed rule-making. In 2021, drunk driving crashes killed 13,384 people in the US and cost some $280 billion in lost wages, medical costs and more. Some technologies being developed include breath and touch sensors to detect whether someone drank alcohol, and cameras that can monitor a person's eye movements to tell if they're inhibited. "We must get this done. Lives are at stake," said MADD national president Tess Rowland, national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, who was hit head-on by a drunk driver in 2021.

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