Bill Would Require Alcohol Detectors in New Vehicles
Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) have introduced legislation that would require alcohol-detecting devices in new cars and trucks to prevent drunk drivers from starting the vehicles. The Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone Act, or RIDE Act, would provide more funding for current research and road-testing of alcohol detection systems and would require automakers to put the technology on the market in about four years. The measure would also fund a pilot program to test the devices in a fleet of vehicles as early as fiscal 2021. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) has introduced similar legislation in the House.