On August 15, Maryland launched a new partnership between the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (“MDOT MVA”) and the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety Research Program (“DADSS Research Program”), becoming the second state to join the Driven to Protect Initiative. Through Driven to Protect, Maryland is partnering with DADSS to help test life-saving, vehicle-integrated alcohol detection sensor technology on Maryland roads. Robert Strassburger, President & CEO of the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (“ACTS”), responded to the news on behalf of the DADSS Research Program.
Driven to Protect is a public-private partnership between the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) Program and individual state governments that is helping with on-road testing of advanced technology to eliminate drunk driving and save lives. The vehicle-integrated alcohol detection technology will determine when a driver is impaired with a blood alcohol concentration at or above 0.08% and prevent the car from moving. The breakthrough technology will be fast, accurate, reliable, and affordable.