Upcoming Webinar -- Ask The Experts: The Role of Fleets in Driven to Protect
Driven to Protect is helping to develop innovative, in-vehicle technology to eliminate drunk driving and save lives. Similar to safety systems like automatic braking, the alcohol detection system will determine if a driver is impaired with a BAC at or above 0.08% and prevent the vehicle from moving. The first set of sensors available for purchase will be designed specifically for fleet vehicles.
Join our Ask the Experts webinar, moderated by Virginia DMV Deputy Commissioner George Bishop, to learn how this breakthrough technology can help support fleet operators in furthering their safe driving goals and hear first-hand about the work being done in Virginia to test this technology.
Meet The Expert Panelists
Bud Zaouk, President and CEO of KEA Technologies. Dr. Zaouk earned his doctorate in engineering from the George Washington University (GWU) and founded KEA Technologies to provide innovative engineering solutions to complex customer problems. Dr. Zaouk leads a team of independent engineers and scientists who are making sure the DADSS technology meets the standards of durability, accuracy and precision needed for an in-vehicle safety technology. He will speak to how the technology works and the importance of the development and testing process.
Dr. Rebecca Spicer, Senior Research Scientist at Impact Research, LLC. Dr. Spicer is a classically trained epidemiologist who has conducted research in the fields of injury control, traffic safety, and drug and alcohol abuse prevention for over 20 years. Dr. Spicer has a special interest in injury costs, and she updated the method to calculate quality of life impacts of motor vehicle-related injuries for use in federal regulatory analyses. Currently, Dr. Spicer is working with Driven to Protect to conduct research focused on transportation injury epidemiology and the impact of advanced automotive technologies. She will speak to the fleet version of the alcohol detection system and the critical role of the technology in reducing roadway injuries and fatalities.
Mr. Stephen Story, Owner and President of James River Transportation. Mr. Story is the president of James River Transportation, an industry leader in the passenger transportation business for the past 90 years located in Richmond, Virginia. Since 2018, Mr. Story has partnered with Driven to Protect to conduct in-vehicle, on-road test trials of the alcohol detection technology by installing prototype sensors into Ford Flex vehicles within James River Transportation's commercial fleet. Mr. Story has helped to facilitate the collection of data and feedback from the sensors and the drivers themselves to improve and refine the DADSS technology. He will speak to the benefits of the technology from his perspective as a fleet owner.
Driven to Protect is a public-private partnership between the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) Program and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.