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Tesla Motors Inc : Auto Outlook: Automakers, feds tackle drunken driving, Tesla rebounds

Drunk driving and the holidays, unfortunately, go together like fruit and nuts. The holiday period can be a dangerous time to get around.

On Monday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reached a multimillion-dollar agreement with 15 major automakers, including GM, Ford and Chrysler, to continue work for five more years on technology to keep drunks from getting behind the wheel.

The government is cooperating with carmakers on a Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) that can detect alcohol on a driver without him or her blowing into an ignition interlock system.

The non-invasive system will measure blood-alcohol content based on touch or breath and not allow a vehicle to be started when the driver is above the legal alcohol limit of 0.08 adopted by all 50 states and in U.S. territories. While such a system is still in the laboratory, officials hope to road test a prototype in a few years.


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