The new Infrastructure Bill has elicited a lot of responses from people concerned about various changes, starting with paying tax on mileage, and now mandated alcohol monitoring systems in vehicles.
The bill is 2,700 pages long, and the bill does in fact support alcohol monitoring systems in vehicles.
In simple terms, the bill is advising that the Secretary of the Department of Transportation, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should create a standard with an effective date that requires all vehicles manufactured after that date to include advanced technology to prevent drunk and impaired driving.
The language does not directly say with the use of breathalyzers.
The technology is apparently supposed to monitor the level of performance of the driver to detect if they are impaired and stop them from driving if the impairment is detected.
It is also supposed to detect the blood alcohol concentration of a driver and prevent them from driving if it is detected to be above the legal limit.
Or, the technology could do both of these things combined.
Advocates have voiced their support of this move, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD.
If the bill is passed, then this technology will be implemented, but not for some time.