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Old 4th October 2006, 12:50   #1
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Default Nissan Planning To Build Anti-Drunk Driving Cars.

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TOKYO Nissan Motor Co has decided to develop automobiles that will not start if drivers are drunk, Nissan sources said Wednesday. Other Japanese automakers may follow suit in view of growing public awareness against drunken driving following a recent series of high-profile accidents caused by intoxicated drivers, including one in Fukuoka last month that killed three children, analysts said.

Nissan adopted a policy of developing vehicles equipped with anti-drunken driving mechanisms during a meeting of its research and development department earlier this month, the sources said.
The company has judged that efforts on the part of automakers to prevent drunken driving are necessary in light of unabated occurrences of fatal traffic accidents induced by drunken driving, they said.
Among mechanisms Nissan is considering fitting to its vehicles is a straw-like tube to be installed on the driver's seat. The engine will not start if the device detects alcohol in a density greater than a certain level when the drivers blow into it.
Nissan is also studying installment of a mechanism that requires drivers to enter personal identification numbers of many digits before engines can be started. Drivers may not be able to remember their PINs if they are drunk.
Developing a vehicle mounted with such mechanisms will not be difficult since the devices are already in use in the United States and some European countries, a Nissan executive said.
Japanese automakers have been putting emphasis on maximizing the safety of drivers and passengers in the event of a collision, but almost no development efforts have been made to prevent drunken driving.
In 2001, new legislation made drunken drivers who caused fatal accidents subject to punishment of up to 20 years in jail, compared with a maximum of five years before.
Although the number of fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers fell to 707 in 2005 from 1,191 in 2001, due mainly to the stiffened punishment, the frequency of such accidents appears to be growing this year with 364 fatal accidents reported during the January-June period, up 13 from a year earlier.
Late last month, three children were killed and their parents injured in Fukuoka Prefecture when a vehicle carrying the family was rear-ended by a driver under the influence of alcohol.

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Volvo has been working on such a feature for more than a year. Note date of this report.
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What next - Contraceptive cars?

PS: If they can go to these lengths to find out whether the driver has had a couple of pegs, WHY cant they build in a fuel adultration detector that warns us as the fuel is being filled?

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there will be lotta ways to counter this, like peoples friends who are not drunk will blow in the device and start... or what if you have a blower that blows air into the tube .. etc
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