Could Anti-Drunk Driving Tech Be in Australia’s Future?

By March 31, 2022 Safety

Drink driving is one of big killers on Australian roads leading to the possibility of advanced drink driving prevention technology being fitted to new vehicles.

A national debate has been sparked following the US passing a Bill which requires every new car sold will need to have advanced drink and impaired driving prevention technology by 2027.

Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limits have been a part of Australia’s road rules for decades but as technology has progressed the issue may eventually be eliminated entirely.

Australia has already begun outlining new safety technology requirements for vehicles entering the market such as mandating heavy vehicles be fitted with advanced emergency braking (AEB) and electronic stability control (ESC).

Amidst these new mandates we are left wondering how soon drink driving prevention technology will become a common feature within vehicles?

A Budget Direct survey found over 50% of Australians surveyed would be in favour of having a device fitted to their car, so it would only start if they’re under the legal blood alcohol limit.

Victoria has been one of the first to trial such technology – a passive alcohol sensor which draws in the driver’s exhaled breath and uses infrared light beams to measure the amount of carbon dioxide and alcohol molecules.

In fact, the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) is displaying this technology at AfMA’s Conference & Exhibition on the 3rd & 4th of May at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney, click here for more information.

Read more about the technology here.