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Sen. Chuck Schumer wants more advanced tech in cars to detect drunken drivers

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) talks to reporters following

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) talks to reporters following the weekly Democratic Senate policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol June 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla

Advanced car technology can accurately detect if a driver is drunk in less than a second, but it needs federal funding to be an affordable option in every car, Sen. Chuck Schumer said yesterday.

Following a July 18 limo crash that killed four women on Long Island, Schumer decided to co-sponsor a $40 million bill that would adapt the technology for regular cars on the road and make it affordable.

"At a personal level it breaks my heart to read in newspapers every day about lives snuffed out, particularly young lives," he said.

There were nearly 360 alcohol-related traffic deaths in New York in 2013, Schumer said. New technology can detect if drivers are drunk through their touch on a steering wheel or their breath and then stop their cars from moving if they are. Schumer said he hopes the technology will be mandated for any driver with a DWI conviction.

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