Anti-DWI technology closer; Osuna needs landscaping trim » Albuquerque Journal

HAUS OKS ANTI-DWI-TECHNOLOGIE: In April, I wrote a column about US Senator Ben Ray Luján’s support for anti-DWI technologies in vehicles that stop a drunk driver before he hurts someone.

The New Mexico Democrat said its RIDE Act, like the HALT Act in the House, sponsored by Reps. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., David McKinley, RW.Va., and Kathleen Rice, DN.Y, of systems for prevention of drunk driving, including driver monitoring, which can detect signs of distracted, impaired, or drowsy driving; and alcohol detection, which uses sensors to detect that a driver is under the influence of alcohol and then prevent the vehicle from moving. ”According to Mothers Against That Driving under the influence of alcohol.

And last week the US House passed the INVEST in America Act, the $ 715 billion infrastructure bill that includes the provisions of the HALT Act. The technology-neutral regulation could mean that soon all new vehicles:

• Driving performance monitoring systems that monitor vehicle movement, such as Lane Departure Warning and Attention Assist.

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• Driver monitoring systems that monitor the driver’s head and eyes, typically with a camera or sensors.

• Alcohol detection systems that use sensors to determine if a driver is drunk and then prevent the vehicle from moving.

Proponents say the technology is already there in new cars, and since it includes little more than software tweaks, it will be cost-neutral when it comes to money. When it comes to life, Luján says, “The Road Safety Insurance Institute found that more than 9,400 drunk-driving deaths could be prevented each year if drunk-prevention technology became standard in every new vehicle.”

As of May of this year, 35 people had died in accidents involving drunk drivers in New Mexico alone, according to statistics from the State Department of Transportation and the University of New Mexico.

Now we’re waiting to see if the Senate passes a version that includes the language HALT (or RIDE).

WATCH ON OSUNA : Chuck emails: “If you are going west on the Osuna to Sandia Prep, you must turn left over the traffic to get to the school entrance. There are some trees on the median between the opposite traffic routes. A big one hinders seeing the traffic that is coming your way if you turn left. “

And Chuck’s concern is: “At some point someone who has children in the summer program will get a T-bone. The state and county highway departments say this is the responsibility of the city of Albuquerque. I called the city but no one answered my call. Can someone go out and have a look at this situation, especially around 7:55 am and noon? “


Johnny Chandler, Public Information Coordinator for the Albuquerque City Development Department, said, “Vegetation such as bushes and trees help keep our city beautiful, but they can also create visibility problems for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Medium maintenance is being performed by the City of Albuquerque Solid Waste Department as part of the Clean Cities Program. The best way to report vegetation blocking line of sight on the roads is to call 311. This serves as a friendly reminder for the city to look into and possibly reduce vegetation, or it serves as a friendly reminder for the city to inform the property owner of its maintenance obligations. “

The editor of the editorial page D’Val Westphal deals with commuter problems for the metropolitan region on Mondays. Reach them at 823-3858;; or 7777 Jefferson NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.

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