On Monday, September 10, Governor Northam joined Driven to Protect to Announce a New Partnership with James River Transportation. Read the News Release here.
Recognizing the potential of this technology to save lives by preventing drunk driving, Virginia became the first state to use NHTSA highway safety grant funds to partner with the DADSS Program through the Department of Motor Vehicles. The partnership – Driven to Protect – is another example of the technological innovation happening in Virginia and the ongoing leadership the state is showing in the fight against drunk driving.
In 2018, Driven to Protect in Virginia took another leap forward by announcing the first state partnership with a private company to conduct in-vehicle, on-road test trials of the DADSS technology. James River Transportation, a transportation leader in the Richmond area for 90 years with an equally impressive history of using technology to advance safety, has agreed to support the Program. Technology integrators have installed prototypes of the breath-based sensors into four vehicles in the James River Transportation commercial fleet. The data and feedback collected from the prototype sensors, as well as from the drivers themselves, will be invaluable in finalizing the technology as it is prepared for widespread commercialization.
Drunk driving remains a major threat to all Virginia families and road users. In 2017, Virginia reported 7,285 alcohol-related crashes, 248 alcohol-related fatalities, 4,430 alcohol-related injuries and 18,701 DUI convictions on its roadways. Through Driven to Protect, Virginia continues to put the health and safety of its residents first by educating the next generation about responsible driving behavior and by advancing technology that can prevent additional drunk driving crashes, injuries and deaths on its roads.