U.S. investigators call for alcohol monitoring systems in all new cars

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) called on its sister agency to implement regulations requiring all vehicles sold in the United States to be equipped with blood alcohol monitoring systems.

The NTSB sent the advisory to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Tuesday local time after completing its investigation into a crash last year that involved drinking and driving that killed two adults and seven children.

NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy said: "Technology could have prevented this heartbreaking car crash -- just as it could have prevented the tens of thousands of car crash deaths we see each year in the United States. We need to implement what we have now. technology to save lives .”

According to statistics released by NHTSA, nearly 43,000 people died in car accidents in the United States last year, the highest number in the past 16 years. While traffic fatalities fell slightly between April and June, the agency's acting administrator Ann Carlson said there was still a "crisis" on the country's roads.

All new cars sold in the U.S. should include an integrated system that passively detects whether a driver is under the influence of alcohol, the NTSB said. It noted that such a system could be combined with advanced driver monitoring technology to prevent accidents. In addition, the agency recommends that NHTSA encourage automakers to include technology to prevent speeding-related collisions.

However, the NTSB itself has no authority to regulate or enforce any security measures it recommends. Since 2012, it has been calling on NHTSA to explore alcohol monitoring technology.

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