NTSB now recommending that cars be modified to prevent DUI’s
DELMARVA – The National Transportation Safety Board has recently made a major recommendation that can impact drivers across the nation.
A recommendation set to prevent car accidents in response to driving under the influence. Though it’s just a recommendation it can have a major impact on innocent lives in the community. “There’s no need to drink and drive in today’s world, 0 need,” says John Robinson Sr, a victim of DUI accidents.
John Robinson Sr. has been in 2 car accidents at the hands of drunk drivers. A reason he supports new recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB wants all new cars to be equipped with new technologies that can detect alcohol impairment and prevent excessive speeding.
The organization released the following statement:
“Each year, we lose tens of thousands of people in impaired-driving and speeding-related crashes. The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that all cars be equipped with new technologies that can detect alcohol impairment and prevent excessive speeding. These technologies will help save lives and make driving safer for everyone on our roads.”
“The NTSB is essentially trying to do what they can to reduce DUIs and DUI-related crashes 10.21.17 and this is just one more means of being able to get that reduction,” says Captain Ryan Koerner of the Salisbury Police Department. With a breathalyzer installed in your car you have to blow into the mouthpiece to get it started. If you are over the legal alcohol limit you can’t drive your car. It’s a move Robinson hopes will ensure what happened to him doesn’t happen to anyone else. “I mean just be smart if you’re going out, there’s nothing wrong with going out and having a good time just take an Uber, take a Lyft home,” says John Robinson.
Regardless if the recommendations get approved authorities hope you won’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. “Just always think twice if you’re consuming alcohol ensure a safe ride home and your not the driver,” says Captain Koerner.
Robinson says this is just step 1, however, he would like to see more defined consequences for drivers who drink under the influence. “I think the first time that you get a DUI, nobody ever thinks it’s going to happen to them, but it should definitely be a fine and a jail period, not a long one, maybe a 10-day jail period, so you learn a lesson because the second time people get it should be a lot longer of a jail period, maybe a 30 day and a huge fine,” he adds.
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