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New technology keeps drunk drivers from driving

WSET

Published: May 24, 2019

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) — A new technology aims to create a world where drunk driving is no longer possible.

According to the DMV – 278 people died last year in alcohol-related crashes in Virginia.

Driven to Protect at Virginia DMV Donate Life Event

Driven to Protect Initiative

Published: April 30, 2019

The Driven to Protect team had the pleasure of attending the 2019 Donate Life Virginia appreciation event held for employees of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. The event was to recognize employees for their role in saving lives by increasing the numbers of Virginians willing to become eye, organ and tissue donors.

Driven to Protect at 2019 Mid-Atlantic DUI Conference

Driven to Protect Initiative

Published: April 30, 2019

The Driven to Protect team participated in the 2019 Mid-Atlantic DUI Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia. During the event, attendees learned about the DADSS Program, the progress being made on the in-vehicle technology, and how the Virginia DMV is participating in the Driven to Protect Initiative.

Statement by Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) Research Program on 2018 Virginia Crash Statistics

DADSS Research Program

Published: April 17, 2019

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.

Coming soon: If you’re not sober, you won’t be able to start the car

Washington Post

Published: April 08, 2019

Since 2008, a government-funded research and development program has been designing a universal ignition interlock for all vehicles to prevent drunken driving. The built-in device would measure a driver’s blood alcohol level (BAC) to determine whether the person can legally operate a motor vehicle. If not, it would effectively take away the keys by preventing the vehicle from starting.