Each year thousands of lives are lost as the result of drunk driving related car accidents. It’s a heart wrenching statistic and even more painful considering that drunk driving is preventable. 

New York congresswoman Kathleen Rice is working to further drunk driving prevention and announced on July 14 that she will introduce legislation that could mandate US automakers to equip all new cars with alcohol breath-testing units. These breathalyzers, known as ignition interlock devices, monitor a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) and will prevent a car’s engine from starting if that BAC level surpasses a predetermined or legal limit.

“Advancing the progress we’ve made combating drunk driving demands bold action,” said Rice in a press statement. “That’s why I’m working on legislation to require ignition interlock devices in all new cars. This technology saves lives, it saves money, and I’m going to fight to make it standard equipment in American cars.”

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