The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility applauds U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Bob Corker (R-TN) who introduced The Research of Alcohol Detection Systems for Stopping Alcohol-related Fatalities Everywhere, or ROADS SAFE Act this week. This legislation would authorize $12 million per year for five years to support research on the feasibility, potential benefits and public policy challenges associated with using in-vehicle technology to prevent drunk driving. The funding would go to the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), a program that is currently being run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in collaboration with outside organizations.

In 2006, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility committed its support for the exploration of advanced technologies to prevent drunk driving, and we believe that this type of development holds great promise if it is moderately priced, absolutely reliable, set at the legal BAC limit of .08, and unobtrusive to the sober driver. We are pleased to reaffirm this longstanding position by supporting The ROADS SAFE Act of 2011. Mothers Against Drunk Driving, AAA and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States also support the legislation.

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility Chairman, Susan Molinari, was quoted in the Senators’ joint press release: "If our nation can develop technology to prevent people from driving drunk while preserving the rights of drivers below the legal .08 percent BAC limit, it has the capacity to save thousands of lives each year.”

We thank Senators Udall and Corker for their leadership and commitment to this important effort.