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Driven to Protect Initiative

Driven to Protect at Virginia DMV Donate Life Event

April 2019

The Driven to Protect team had the pleasure of attending the 2019 Donate Life Virginia appreciation event held for employees of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. The event was to recognize employees for their role in saving lives by increasing the numbers of Virginians willing to become eye, organ and tissue donors.

Driven to Protect Initiative

Driven to Protect at 2019 Mid-Atlantic DUI Conference

April 2019

The Driven to Protect team participated in the 2019 Mid-Atlantic DUI Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia. During the event, attendees learned about the DADSS Program, the progress being made on the in-vehicle technology, and how the Virginia DMV is participating in the Driven to Protect Initiative.

DADSS Research Program

Statement by Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) Research Program on 2018 Virginia Crash Statistics

Last week, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) Highway Safety Office published its 2018 crash statistics. The newly-released data shows a decrease in the number of overall crash fatalities but a 12 percent increase in alcohol-related fatalities—from 248 in 2017 to 278 in 2018. Robert Strassburger, President & CEO of ACTS, responded to the news on behalf of the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) Research Program.

The Washington Post

Coming soon: If you’re not sober, you won’t be able to start the car

New technology will prevent vehicles from moving for alcohol-impaired drivers

By Fredrick Kunkle

Someday soon, all of us may have to prove that we’re sober before starting a motor vehicle.

How could we prove that? you ask.

By doing almost nothing at all.

DADSS Research Program

DADSS at 2019 Lifesavers Conference

April 2019

The DADSS Program was pleased to be a part of the 2019 Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities in Louisville, Kentucky. We presented on the panel “Addressing Impaired Driving with Autonomous Vehicles & Other New In-vehicle Technologies,” sharing the lifesaving mission that drives the public-private partnership, the challenges faced with developing a breakthrough technology, the progress made to date, and the role of the DADSS technology in an autonomous future.