What If the Best Way to End Drunk Driving Is to End Driving?
Geege Schuman stashed this in Public Policy
"MADD went back to the drawing board," she explains. "We have a three-pronged approach now, all based on data."
Those three prongs are:
- Support high-visibility law enforcement efforts, things like sobriety checkpoints and signs.
- Push for mandatory Ignition Interlock Devices for all offenders everywhere, much like Arizona's law already dictates.
- Support the development of advanced in-vehicle alcohol detection technology as available option* for all new cars.
More recently, MADD has also embraced autonomous vehicle technology as a potentially powerful tool in the fight against drunk driving.
But nowhere in MADD's official agenda is there a prong, or even a small bullet point, about encouraging alternative transportation options like mass transit or ride-hailing apps. There is no MADD fund to build more sidewalks or promote land-use patterns and zoning reforms that would allow for the expansion of walkable neighborhoods in Sunbelt metros like Phoenix.
Shouldn't they be pushing for self-driving cars too?
Yes, but it is a solution the government is unlikely to fund.
What?! Shouldn't the government want self driving cars too? Fewer accidents!