Alcohol Detection Devices

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Proposed legislation in the United States Senate would redirect 60 million dollars in highway safety money to fund research to develop an alcohol detection device for cars.

The "breathalyzers" can test alcohol levels with a touch of a button, or by testing the air in the car. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are already behind the new measure.

Connie Beard, a mother who lost her son because of a drunk driver, says, "If this can prevent any other parent from living my nightmare, than it is a fantastic thing. No one should have to lose their child, their loved one, to the violent, selfish, and preventable crime of drunk driving."

The devices would be available in 8 to 10 years.... Some say this would come as a blessing for the state of Florida, which sees more than one-thousand alcohol related deaths a year.

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