Automakers Charged with Finding Technology to Stop Drunk Drivers

Congress is mandating a new requirement for automakers: Find a high-tech way to keep intoxicated people from driving cars. It’s one of several mandates along with new spending aimed at improving auto safety amid rising road fatalities in the $1 trillion infrastructure package that President Joe Biden recently signed into law.

Under the legislation, monitoring systems to stop intoxicated drivers would roll out in all new vehicles as early as 2026, after the Transportation Department assesses the best form of technology to install in millions of vehicles and automakers are given time to comply.

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