The increase in traffic accidents is a request of the National Transportation Safety Board.
The United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommends that the establishment of Breathalyzer 0 kms in all vehicles To prevent any drunk person in that country from driving them.
The federal agency’s recommendation, if adopted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seeks to reduce the number of road accidents related to alcoholic beveragesOne of the leading causes of death in the country.
The effort to increase road safety was included in a report on the cause of a very serious accident in 2021, in which a drunk driver Two adults and seven minors were killed in a head-on collision with another vehicle near Fresno, California.
NHTSA said this week that the number of road deaths in the United States is low significance level, Nearly 43,000 people died last year, the most in 16 years, as Americans returned to the streets after the coronavirus pandemic eased restrictions.
Preliminary count shows that the death toll rose again In the first half of 2022, however, they registered a decline between April and June, which officials expect to be a trend.
The NTSB, which has no regulatory authority and can only ask other agencies to implement measures, explained that its recommendation seeks to pressure NHTSA to act on the matter. It may come into force in three more years.
“We need NHTSA to function. We’re looking at the numbers. We need to make sure we’re doing everything we can to save lives,” said NTSB director Jennifer Homendy.
This recommendation also tells the system to install Monitor driver behavior, to make sure you are alert. He said many cars already have cameras mounted on the motorist, which has the potential to limit cases of drunk driving.
Implementation in Europe
According to the website of the European Transport Safety Council, there are already ten countries of europe Who have regulated the use of Anti-Start Breath Analyzer: Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Austria, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
In Spain, for example, the measure took effect from Beginning of July 2022 In buses and combi that carry passenger transport (category M2 and M3) and have the interface for the installation of anti-start respirators.
This measure will be mandatory for 0 km buses and combi from 6 July 2024.
Despite this, the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) denies that all vehicles are required to include an anti-start breath analyzer. “Expanding this to other types of vehicles is not on the agenda,” the director general of traffic said. Pere Navarro.
How does it work, fuse the trachea
installation: The anti-start breath analyzer must be installed via a cable that is connected to the instrument panel.
process: The driver must turn on the device (alcolock) before starting the vehicle and blow continuously with the mouthpiece until the device indicates this. It will analyze the expired air in about 25 seconds. In Spain, the range is between 0.25 mg/l and 0.5 mg/l (between 0.15 mg/l and 0.3 mg/l for beginners and professionals).
is blocking: If the level exceeds the maximum permissible level, the trachea will signal so that the starter motor cannot start the engine.
process duplication: If a stop occurs and it is longer than 30 minutes, the driver must repeat the process to start driving again.
Source: Associated Press