Schumer touts high-tech sensors that prevent drunk driving

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says the nation should increase funds for the development of high-tech sensors that can disable a car’s ignition if its driver is drunk.

The New York Democrat said Sunday that he is supporting legislation that would increase funding for research and development of the new sensors. The technology works by detecting alcohol in breath or even the touch of skin. If a person’s alcohol level is found to be above the legal limit to drive, the car’s ignition will not start.

Schumer says the new sensors are less cumbersome than existing ignition interlocks, and could one day be made available as a regular option in automobiles. He says they should also be mandatory for those convicted of drunken driving.

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