Most are familiar with the NTSB's latest recommendations to reduce the drunk driving limit to .05 blood alcohol concentration, but what about the NTSB's previous recommendations? The NTSB is not a legislative body, but its recommendations are strongly taken into consideration by state and federal lawmakers on most occasions. The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) is an organization that investigates motor vehicle accidents as well as rail and aviation accidents. With the statistical data that results from their investigations, they make recommendations of legislative changes that could improve transportation safety.
Last year, the NTSB was recommending technology as a means to cut back on drunken driving in the United States. The organization suggested that ignition interlock devices (IIDs) be required for even first-time DUI offenders. About a third of all states in the U.S. listened, and now have an IID penalty for all charged with DUI. A year later, the NTSB is still pushing for IID penalties for all DUI offenders, not just serious and repeat offenders.
IIDs were not the only breath testing recommendation the NTSB advocated for. The board was also encouraging the implementation and advancement of technology called "Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety" (DADSS). If this recommendation is implemented in full force, DADSS units could be installed standard on all new vehicles. These systems would work by testing blood alcohol concentration either by touch or breath. If these units performed as anticipated, they could save about 7,000 lives each year, according to the board's estimates.
The board admitted that implementing technology this advanced on such a large scale could take a while. DADSS units are still being perfected, but the NTSB and others believe that this is worthwhile technology. Many believe that, rather than preventing drunk driving deaths, all the units will do is make social drinkers nervous. In a written statement to the media, a representative from the American Beverage Institute noted "If this technology is successfully implemented in all cars, it will be nearly impossible for drivers to have a glass of wine with dinner without worrying whether their cars will start."
No one can know the future of DUI laws in our nation, but it appears as if many changes are on the horizon. The NTSB's "Reaching Zero" campaign could likely result in a heavier police force to combat drunk driving even before a lower drunk driving limit is implemented. If you or someone you love has been arrested for drinking and driving, remember that you are still innocent until proven guilty. The Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry is one of the foremost DUI defense firms in Orange County. We can fight to see that you get the best possible results, so call today!