Anti-DWI technology closer; Osuna needs landscaping trim

July 5th – HOUSE OKS ANTI-DWI TECHNOLOGY: In April I wrote a column about US Senator Ben Ray Luján’s support for anti-DWI technology in vehicles that stops a drunk driver before he hurts someone.

The New Mexico Democrat said that its RIDE Act, like the HALT Act in the House, was sponsored by the Reps. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., David McKinley, RW.Va., and Kathleen Rice, DN.Y., “would involve a variety”. systems to prevent drunk driving, including driver monitoring, which can detect signs of distracted, impaired, or fatigued 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 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:

– Mileage monitoring systems that monitor vehicle movement, such as B. Lane Departure Warning and Attention Assistant.

—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 if drunk-prevention technology became standard in every new vehicle, more than 9,400 drunk-driving deaths could be prevented each year.”

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).

The story goes on

MONITORING ON OSUNA: Chuck emails: “If you are driving west on Osuna to Sandia Prep, you have to turn left over the traffic to get to the school entrance. There are some trees on the median between the opposite streets the traffic coming when you turn left. “

And Chuck’s concern is, “At some point someone with kids will get a T-bone in the summer program. State and county highway authorities say this is the responsibility of the city of Albuquerque. I called the city, but nobody” got my call reported back. Can someone go out and have a look at this situation, especially around 7:55 am and 12 noon? “

Done.

Johnny Chandler, Public Information Coordinator for the Albuquerque City Development Department, said, “Greenery like bushes and trees helps keep our city beautiful, but it can also create visibility problems for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Medium maintenance is handled by the Albuquerque City Waste Management Authority as part of the Clean Cities program. The best way to report vegetation blocking the line of sight on the roads is by number 311, possibly pruning the vegetation or serving as a friendly reminder for the city to notify the property owner of their 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; dwestphal@abqjournal.com; or 7777 Jefferson NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.

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