Washington, D.C. (August 10, 2021)—A provision included in the infrastructure package that just passed the U.S. Senate directs the U.S. Department of Transportation to mandate automakers install alcohol detection devices in all new vehicles as standard equipment. The American Beverage Institute (ABI) released the following statement:

“Following the passage of the infrastructure bill in the Senate today, the American Beverage Institute (ABI) is calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to side with common sense over unrealistic expectations. Provisions included in the infrastructure package that mandate the installation of alcohol detection devices in all new cars will rely on technology designed to meet a Six Sigma level of precision, or 99.99966 percent accuracy. Even at that level, with current car usage, it is estimated that there will be over 3,000 false readings every day–leaving many people stranded. Getting in your car to go to work or an appointment and expecting it to start will be a daily lottery. Everyone wants to save lives, but lawmakers should not depend on unreliable gimmicks to satisfy anti-alcohol lobbyists.”

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