Drunk driving deaths on the rise


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Updated: 12/27/2013 2:52 pm Published: 12/27/2013 2:08 pm


Drunken driving deaths are increasing and now Washington is responding.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is renewing a research program with 15 automakers for another five years.

The goal is to have a car equipped with breath-and-touch-based testing systems ready for the road in 2015.

"Somebody can't start the car if they have alcohol on their breath," AAA spokeswoman Sharon Gilmartin said. "So the potential for a technology that does that for all drivers is huge."

The US Department of Transportation said crashes involving drunken drivers went up over 4 percent last year.


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Unwashed Mass - 12/27/2013 3:01 PM
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This is one of those bogus news stories that are actually press releases for someone selling something, which in this case, a contractor trying to make their product mandatory on vehicles. Only a few days ago A.B.L.E. was taking credit for a decrease in drunk driving deaths in Oklahoma, and police unions elsewhere are beating the same drum. Some people have very short memories, especially when trusting "news" sources.
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