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Shannon Valentine: Why Virginia is helping develop innovative alcohol detection technology

Driven To Protect

Published: January 25, 2021

In a new Washington Post opinion piece, Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine shares how Virginia leads the nation in the fight against drunk driving through their work with Driven to Protect. As the first state partner to join the DADSS Program in the Driven to Protect Initiative, Virginia is committed to advancing this life-saving alcohol detection technology and ensuring that all Virginians stay safe on the road.

DADSS Program Update: 2020 Year in Review

DADSS Research Program

Published: January 14, 2021

2020 was a banner year for the DADSS Research Program, as we achieved important milestones that will set us up for greater progress in 2021. Over the past several months, we’ve worked hard to evolve both the breath and touch sensors, analyze important data from our human subject testing, and develop new virtual opportunities and digital resources to increase consumer awareness, acceptance and demand for the technologies. Here are some highlights:

Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety: Supporting Technology Can Help End Drunk Driving

DADSS Research Program

Published: December 23, 2020

Today Robert Strassburger, President & CEO of the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety, released the following statement on the annual 2019 traffic fatality data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

DADSS 2020 Research Program Technical Update

DADSS Research Program

Published: December 18, 2020

Over the past several months, the DADSS Program analyzed data collected from on-road tests to verify and validate the GEN 3.2 sensors – confirming they work as intended. The data also informs improvements to the sensors, such as reducing their variability. In addition, our partners in Sweden, Senseair, recently sent us a new generation (GEN 3.3) of breath-based prototypes for initial qualification. This latest version signifies a milestone; they will be used for the next phase of on-road testing and are one step closer to a consumer-ready product.

New Driven to Protect | Discovery Hub Offers Free Education Resources and Videos

Driven to Protect

Published: December 02, 2020

In 2019, the DADSS Program’s Driven to Protect Initiative Virginia Team participated in community events throughout the Commonwealth, giving Virginians both a first-hand look at the DADSS alcohol detection technology and the ability to interact with the latest prototype sensors. For 2020, in response to the pandemic, the Program created the Driven to Protect | Discovery Hub, a suite of online resources to provide the same in-depth look at the technology and the development process.