Virginia: The First State Partnership

Recognizing the potential of the DADSS 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, Governor Northam and the Virginia DMV announced a partnership with James River Transportation to conduct in-vehicle, on-road test trials of the alcohol detection technology.

Technology integrators installed prototypes of the breath-based sensors into four vehicles in the James River Transportation (JRT) commercial fleet. The data and feedback collected from the prototype sensors, as well as from the drivers themselves, have been invaluable to improve the technology as it is prepared for widespread commercialization.

Drunk driving remains a major threat to all Virginia families and road users. In 2018, Virginia reported 7,181 alcohol-related crashes, 278 alcohol-related fatalities, 4,475 alcohol-related injuries and 19,790 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.

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