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A new technology which promises to curb drunk driving is getting major backing in the U.

S. Senate.

At a press conference Sunday, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer announced he was co-sponsoring a bill to fund Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), reports the Wall Street Journal. DADSS is technology which can determine if a driver is drunk, without the need of a breathalyzer.

The bill, which is called The Research of Alcohol Detection Systems for Stopping Alcohol-Related Fatalities Everywhere Act, would give DADSS $48 million in funding, spread out over six years. It was first introduced by Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico on June 25.

DADSS is developing breath and touch sensors which can determine a driver's blood alcohol level and disable a vehicle if the level is above the legal limit of .08. The organization wants the tech to be available as an optional safety feature for purchase in new cars.

“There is a technology that could pretty much put drunk driving, and drunk-driving deaths and injuries, to an end, [and] it’s on the shelf," Schumer said at the press conference. "We have to perfect it so it’s usable in every car, and have it work."



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