Old Laws New Tricks: Drunk Driving and Autonomous Vehicles
15 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2017
Date Written: April 1, 2015
Drunk driving, or driving under the influence (DUI), is a major public health problem in the United States. Despite attempts to educate drivers on the dangers of drunk driving and deter such behavior through criminal punishment, there are still thousands of deaths attributable to drunk driving every year and billions of dollars spent on damage from auto accidents, loss of life, injuries, deterrence, and punishment. Recent developments in autonomous vehicle technology could reduce or eliminate DUI-related accidents within the next decade. However, even in future autonomous vehicle systems that will ave the potential to drive themselves in most circumstances, human intervention will sometimes be necessary. This article applies current DUI laws to autonomous vehicles and proposes a legislative change to clarify DUI laws and enhance the public safety.
Keywords: Autonomous vehicles, drunk driving, DUI, self driving cars, driverless technology
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