FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2023
Contact: Adam Snider, 202-580-7930, 202-365-8971 (after hours)
Statement by Jonathan Adkins, Chief Executive Officer, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)
GHSA congratulates the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on its announcement to advance a new proposed rulemaking to mandate impaired driving prevention technology on new passenger vehicles, as required by the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Of the many critical safety provisions of the IIJA, this requirement for alcohol detection technology has the potential to save the most lives on our roads. More than 13,000 people died in preventable drunk driving crashes in 2021. That’s one death every 39 minutes. The Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking announced today is overdue, cannot be finalized soon enough and should remain a top roadway safety priority.
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