N.Y. Sen. Schumer Pushes for High-Tech Solution to Drunk Driving

July 29, 2015

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says the nation should increase funds for the development of high-tech sensors that can disable a car’s ignition if its driver is drunk.

The New York Democrat said on July 26 that he is supporting legislation that would increase funding for research and development of the new sensors. The technology works by detecting alcohol in breath or even the touch of skin. If a person’s alcohol level is found to be above the legal limit to drive, the car’s ignition will not start.

Schumer says the new sensors are less cumbersome than existing ignition interlocks, and could one day be made available as a regular option in automobiles. He says they should also be mandatory for those convicted of drunken driving.

Topics Insurtech

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  • July 29, 2015 at 4:21 pm
    Rosenblatt says:
    "Equally" dangerous - I don't think so, buddy. Try again.
  • July 29, 2015 at 2:56 pm
    Agent says:
    Hey Ben, I didn't see him propose a test for someone high on Marijuana who is equally dangerous.
  • July 29, 2015 at 2:12 pm
    Bruce says:
    Another Chuck U. Schumer big-government unnecessary law that will cost more money. So you just get a sober person to start your car, replace him in the driver's seat, and driv... read more

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