NEWS FROM THE U.S. SENATE
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, October 16 at approximately 12:15 p.m. ET, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.), joined by U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), will hold a press event to unveil bipartisan legislation to help prevent drunk driving and save thousands of lives. The Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone Act of 2019 (RIDE Act) will promote the research and development of advanced alcohol detection software and will create a path forward to require the implementation of such technology in new motor vehicles. More details will be announced at the press event.
If all vehicles were equipped with this advanced alcohol detection technology, an estimated 8,000 lives could be saved every year. The bill is supported by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the National Safety Council.
According to MADD, New Mexico faced 118 drug driving deaths in 2018, with 29 percent of traffic fatalities the result of drunk driving. In Florida, there were 841 drunk driving deaths in 2017, with 26 percent of traffic fatalities the result of drunk driving.
Udall, Scott and Dingell will be joined by MADD National President Helen Witty, Joan Claybrook, Former NHTSA Administrator, and the Abbas family who have lost family members in drunk driving crashes. Dingell introduced similar legislation, the HALT Drunk Driving Act, in the House of Representatives.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
WHAT: Udall, Scott to unveil bipartisan RIDE Act of 2019
U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.)
U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.)
U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.)
Helen Witty, National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving
The Abbas Family
Joan Claybrook, Former NHTSA Administrator
WHEN: Approximately 12:15 p.m. ET / 10:15 a.m. MT
WHERE: U.S. Senate Russell Office Building Room 385. Watch live on Senator Udall’s Facebook page.