DADSS Will Search You Every Time You Get In Your Car
Within the next few years you may be required to give a breath sample or have your skin scanned in order to operate your car. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is developing a technology called Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS). The $10 million research program is being funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety. The development of DADSS has been the main legislative and lobbying effort of Mothers Against Drunk Driving for the past few years. Due to their efforts they have garnered the buy-in of car manufacturers from around the world.
How would it work? The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) technology would measure whether a driver has a blood alcohol content (BAC) at or above the nation’s legal limit of .08 percent, and if so, the system would prevent the vehicle from starting. DADSS would use sensors to measure a driver’s BAC in two ways: analyzing a driver’s breath or through the driver’s skin by using touch-based sensors strategically placed on door locks and steering wheels, common places a driver touches. Both methods eliminate a driver needing to take extra steps to start the vehicle, unlike ignition interlock devices (IIDs), which require a breath test from a driver every time they use a vehicle. Critics of the technology doubt it can ever be perfected to the point where DADSS would be completely reliable and not prevent sober drivers from driving.
The DADSS system is different from Ohio’s ignition interlock devices which are required to be installed in all vehicles for any person arrested (not convicted…arrested!) of a second Ohio OVI charge. DADSS is going to affect all drivers regardless of whether or not there is a suspicion of drunk driving.
Anyone who finds themselves charged with an Ohio DUI should fight the charges against them. You may be able to avoid severe penalties, fines, and possible jail time. Charles M. Rowland II is a highly skilled and expertly trained DUI attorney who dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver. He will aggressively fight to get the best possible outcome in your Ohio DUI case. Call 937-318-1384 [318-1DUI] 1-888-769-5263 [888-ROWLAND].
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