NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Congress is considering new legislation aimed at ending drunk driving. Senator Ben Ray Lujan and Florida Senator Rick Scott are introducing federal legislation known as the RIDE, or Reduced Impaired Driving for Everyone Act.
“There is an urgency to pass this legislation. New Mexico has one of the highest rates of drunk driving fatalities and a recent study found that New Mexico is second in the nation for dangerous drivers, this has to change,” said Sen. Lujan.
The bill would require all car manufacturers to include drunk driving prevention technology as standard equipment in all new vehicles within the next few years. New data shows that such technology would save more than 10,000 lives every year.
“Drunk driving has brought pain into the homes of too many New Mexicans, people across America, in every community. We have mourned the loss of loved ones due to a drunk driving accident,” said Sen. Lujan.
The RIDE Act is the companion bill to the bipartisan HALT Act which is a piece of legislation in the House that calls for similar technology to be created.