Driven To Protect

Driven to Protect is an Initiative of the DADSS Research Program, which empowers states to join the fight against drunk driving by advancing lifesaving vehicle technology.
Powered by the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS), which represents the world’s leading automakers, and the federal government, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Driven to Protect Initiative offers states the opportunity to test new alcohol detection technology on their roads, educate new and existing drivers about responsible driving behavior, and drive trust and confidence for vehicle-integrated alcohol detection technology. This collaboration is bringing new technology closer to widespread use in future vehicles and encouraging consumers to consider technology as a solution to this deadly problem.

Virginia was the first state to join DADSS and help launch the Driven to Protect Initiative, followed by Maryland in 2019. In 2023, Connecticut became the newest state to join Driven to Protect. Learn more about each state’s role in the fight against drunk driving below and visit the Driven to Protect Discovery Hub for free educational resources.

Learn how Virginia’s partnership helped advance the DADSS breath sensors and introduce the technology to its citizens.
Learn how the partnership with Maryland helped gather real-world data from test vehicles.
Learn how Connecticut is advancing the DADSS technology and educating the next generation of drivers to help save lives.