Pushing in-vehicle technology used to prevent drunk driving, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown this week announced his support for the ROADS SAFE Act. The measure would steer $60 million in funds already designated for road safety initiatives to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) program.

Brown wrote Monday in an opinion piece, "One life that is lost senselessly is one too many. Since 2005, more than 1,800 Ohioans have been killed in auto accidents involving an alcohol impaired driver. We can develop the technology needed to save lives by stopping drunk drivers from operating a car in the first place. Ideas for this technology already exist. We just need to help advance their development and utilization."

According to Brown, the ROADS SAFE Act would look to create a partnership between anti-drunk driving advocates, automakers and the federal government in an effort to design devices that stop intoxicated people from starting a vehicle. He specifically cited the need for ignition locks that are smaller and less obtrusive so that parents could install one in a car used by their teenager.
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