Dingell Announces Hearing on Vehicle Technology to Prevent Drunk Driving
Washington, DC, March 7, 2019
Tags: Auto Industry
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) thanked leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for scheduling a hearing on improving safe vehicle technology to prevent drunk driving. On Thursday, March 14 at 10 am in Washington, DC, the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Enhancing Vehicle Technology to Prevent Drunk Driving.”
In January, a Michigan family – Issam, Rima, Ali, Isabelle, and Giselle Abbas – were tragically killed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver while returning from a family vacation. The wrong-way driver in the crash had a blood alcohol content (BOC) of .306, which is more than three times the legal limit. Dingell introduced the Abbas Stop Drunk Driving Act which requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to set a federal motor vehicle safety standard that would require all new vehicles to be equipped with an ignition interlock device. DOT would have to complete this standard within one year.
Information for this hearing, including the Committee Memorandum, witness list and testimony, and a live webcast, will be posted HERE as they become available.