Drunk driving deaths on the rise
|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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