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MADD President Backs Alcohol-Detector Bill

Friday, 11 Nov 2011 04:06 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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The national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) told a Charleston, W.Va., audience she supports a House bill that could lead to alcohol detectors being installed in all cars in the United States.
 
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. has proposed the “Research of Alcohol Detection Systems for Stopping Alcohol-Related Fatalities Everywhere — or ROADS SAFE Act — which provides funding for the federal detections devices program.
 
The bill would appropriate money to research a safety feature on cars, much like a Breathalyzer, that would keep people from driving drunk, said the Charleston Gazette.
 
MADD President Jan Withers said the bill could “move us closer to MADD’s dream of a nation without drunk drivers.”
 
Withers said she wants the devices placed first in company vehicles or in family cars for parents to use to monitor teen drivers. She said an under-aged drunken driver killed her 15-year-old daughter, Alisa, in 1992, and she wants to help protect other children.
 
If the bill passes, the devices could eventually expand to all cars nationwide, and become as second nature as “an airbag,” Withers said.

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