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We could soon make cars stop people driving while drunk or on drugs

We are on the cusp of cars that automatically stop people driving while intoxicated. Embracing the technology will save lives, says Amie Hayley

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2 September 2020

THE message couldn’t be clearer: don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Yet people still put themselves and others in danger by getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. Despite decades of education programmes and law enforcement, road collisions attributable to intoxicated driving remain unacceptably high. We need a better approach and we are in the middle of a technological boom that may just deliver one.

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