Rep. Lowey pushes Congress to fund anti-DWI tech

The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, or DADSS, uses breath and touch sensors to stop an impaired driver's car from moving.

The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, or DADSS, uses breath and touch sensors to stop an impaired driver's car from moving. (9/4/15)

WHITE PLAINS - Rep. Nita Lowey is calling for a state-of-the-art system to be installed in new cars in an effort to prevent drunken drivers from getting on the road.

The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, or DADSS, uses breath and touch sensors to stop an impaired driver's car from moving.

Rep. Lowey is pushing for a bill that would have the federal government grant $10 million to fund the DADSS research program.

Carole Sears, president of Westchester's chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, says the technology would save countless lives. Her husband, Andy, was killed by a drunken driver in 1992.

"If this man who did this to us had this system in his car, his car wouldn't have started, and Andy would be alive today," Sears says.

The technology is still in the research stage, but experts say it could be available as an option for major car manufacturers within five to eight years.

So far, 17 car manufacturers have said they would support the technology.

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