There driving in a state of intoxication it is an ever-widespread problem that underlies many of the accidents that occur on roads around the world. For years in Italy we have witnessed the Saturday evening massacres, with the drivers of the cars involved in the accidents who had consumed quantities of alcohol in excess of what is permitted by law. In the United States it has finally been decided to stem the problem through a bill that provides installing technology on new cars that can detect when drivers are drunk, thus preventing them from driving. Technologies of this type have been the subject of tests and studies both in the USA and in Europe but previously it was never planned to include this type of systems in new generation vehicles.
The proposal is included in a bill that is waiting to be examined by the Senate and which also contains some precautions regarding automatic emergency braking and accident prevention systems for new cars, as well as a regulation of rear protections for semi-trailers to prevent the passenger compartments of cars from being crushed in the event of a rear-end collision. Alongside the technology to detect any drivers in a state of intoxication, the bill also provides for the mandatory installation of anti-abandonment systems for children. According to data reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, despite traffic declining in the United States last year due to the pandemic, 38,680 people died in road accidents, a sad record that surpasses the black jersey registered in 2007. The system for monitoring the driver which should take care of detecting a possible state of alteration due to alcohol abuse would be based on sensors capable of scanning the eyes, going thus to detect any traces such as redness, typical of driving in a state of intoxication.