WEB EXTRA: Alcohol monitoring technology in cars

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— Part of the Infrastructure Bill includes a mandate for alcohol monitoring systems in all new cars.

Click here to watch our Fact Check report on this by News10NBC’s Nikki Rudd.

We know a lot of you are wondering how this technology will work. According to the legislation, the technology will have to be passive. In other words, it won’t be a breathalyzer you have to breath into in order to start your car.

To get a better understanding, News10NBC spoke with Ken Snyder. He lost his daughter, Katie, to a drunk driver. He also runs an executive education program at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

At the Shingo Institute, Snyder teaches operational and organizational excellence. It’s named after a Japanese industrial engineer that helped Toyota develop the Toyota Production System.

Through his work, Snyder has a lot of contacts in the automotive industry. He teamed up with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to come up with a summary of the technology that could be used to stop drunk drivers. Together they’ve been lobbying Congress to get this bill passed for years.

Watch this video to learn more about the technology that could be used in all vehicles in the near future.


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