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Volvo wants to prevent drunk, distracted driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that drunk driving crashes in 2017 caused 10,874 deaths in America. Around 30 people die every day as a result of intoxicated driving. Many concerned citizens and organizations wonder what to do about this problem and how to combat drunk driving. One car company thinks it has a solution. Illinois residents might like to know about Volvo's efforts to curb drunk and distracted driving.

Volvo Cars will be making some changes to their vehicles starting in 2020. All Volvos will come with sensors and in-car cameras to monitor drivers, and this technology will deploy if safety concerns are present. A car could slow itself down to prevent accidents, and the vehicles could also park in a safe location to prevent intoxicated drivers from operating the vehicle while inebriated.

A representative for Volvo Cars said that the company does not simply wish to lessen the severity of accidents with safety features, but it also wants to prevent them entirely. The new safety technology will watch for weaving between lanes, slow reaction times, lack of steering, drivers with closed eyes and drivers who are not watching the road.

Another safety feature being introduced in 2020 deals with vehicle speed. Volvos will have a speed limit of 112 miles per hour and will not be able to travel faster.

As this article illustrates, drunk and distracted driving are two dangerous behaviors that can lead to accidents. If someone sustains injuries from negligent actions taken by a driver, he or she may wish to file a personal injury claim in civil court. This could help an accident victim receive compensation to cover medical expenses related to the crash. An attorney could help show that another driver acted recklessly by using police reports or witness statements.

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