NASID Heralds Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill as Historic, Bold Step to Stop Impaired Driving
ARLINGTON, Va. (August 3, 2021) -- On the heels of its launch last week, the National Alliance to Stop Impaired Driving (NASID) applauds the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for bold impaired driving provisions.
The legislation will:
- - Establish multiple substance impaired driving prevention as a priority for states including increased funding to implement a host of effective countermeasures
- - Create a federal regulatory process to implement advanced technology on new vehicles that will prevent people from driving impaired
- - Improve the nation’s ignition interlock laws
- - Allow states that have legalized cannabis to research impairment and utilize cannabis sold in their states
- - Improve data collection for drug-impaired driving
- - Study improvements to national DUI arrest and citation data to identify repeat offenders
Preliminary data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows 2020 traffic deaths increased by 7 percent, police-reported alcohol-involved fatalities jumped by 9 percent, and trauma center data shows an increase in serious injuries and deaths involving drivers at high blood alcohol concentration levels and multiple drug combinations.
“The nation must take bold action to take back our roads from impaired drivers,” said Brian Swift, NASID spokesperson and impaired driving victim advocate. “They are 100 percent preventable, and I urge Congress to pass this legislation that increases funding and action to prevent crashes like the one that killed my parents.”
“Impaired driving, whether it involves alcohol, drugs or a combination of substances is wreaking havoc on our nation’s roads and we must respond quickly and effectively,” said Darrin Grondel, Vice President of Government Relations and Traffic Safety for Responsibility.org and Director of NASID. “This bill positions states to address this increasing and evolving threat on our roads.”
NASID Membership currently includes:
Advocates: Alkermes, Drager, Ford Driving Skills for Life, Intoxalock, Smart Start, ONUS, United States Cannabis Council
Advisors: Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Recording Artists Against Drunk Driving (RADD), Students Against Destructive Decision (SADD) For more information, visit NASID.org.
About NASID: The National Alliance to Stop Impaired Driving (NASID), established by Responsibility.org, works to eliminate all forms of impaired driving, especially multiple substance impaired driving, through DUI system reform, DUI detection, data improvements and technology to effectively fight impaired driving.