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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.

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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.

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DADSS Testifies Before House Subcommittee

March 14, 2019

On March 14, Rob Strassburger, President and CEO of the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS), testified before the House Energy and Commerce’s Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee on “Enhancing Vehicle Technology to Prevent Drunk Driving.”

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DADSS Research Program Technical Update

March 2019

The Senseair™ Breath-Based Sensors

Over the past months, The DADSS Research Program and our partners at Senseair™ have been collecting data from in-vehicle tests (featuring Generation 3.1 Breath-based Sensors) through the program’s Pilot Field Operational Trial and Driven to Protect Partnership with Virginia DMV and James River Transportation. We have used the data from these on-road tests to significantly improve the alcohol measurement for the next generation sensor, GEN 3.2.