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How are vehicle makers helping to prevent drunk driving crashes?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk driving remains the top cause of motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. The Administration's latest data indicates that approximately 11,000 citizens die each year because of dangerous and impaired driving. Since it is highly unlikely that the nation's population will stop using automobiles, vehicle manufacturers must step up to improve safety.

Several automakers are already working to develop technology that will prevent motor vehicle accidents involving alcohol. Volvo is leading the way as the first manufacturer nearly ready to offer such technology. The company plans to roll out a line of vehicles with cameras and sensors that can detect the following signs of impaired driving.

  • No steering input for lengthy periods of time
  • Drivers with closed eyes and/or motorists who have left the roadway
  • Extremely slow reaction times from drivers
  • Excessive weaving across the roadway's lanes

Once the system detects impairment, it will slow the vehicle before coming to a safe parking position. Volvo says that the system will then call the driver and if it receives no response, it will send help as needed.

Other auto manufacturers that are developing tech that can help prevent motor vehicle accidents include Nissan, Honda and Subaru. These automakers already have technology that can sense a lack of steering input, which will cause the vehicle to slow down and stop.

When all vehicles have technology that can prevent crashes, perhaps motor vehicle accidents will no longer plague Ohio residents. Until that time comes, pay attention to the driving behaviors of other motorists to enhance your personal safety. If you do suffer injuries in a vehicle accident, an injury attorney can help you find a legal solution.

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