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Following a landmark decision by the European Council, all cars must be able to be fitted with breathalysers from 2022.

The technology that could prevent drink-drivers from starting their engines, was approved in March and has now received final approval after politicians voted on it earlier this week.

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) noted that measures like this could reduce collisions by 30% and save 25,000 lives across Europe over the next 15 years.

The details of how alcohol meters will be integrated into cars are not yet known. However, some systems are known to require repeated breath tests at random intervals to prevent drunk drivers from asking a friend to start the car.

In addition to these alcohol meters other "safety mechanisms" have also been approved and will soon be part of the legislation.

Of all the measures, it highlights the fact that vehicles manufactured from 2022 will have to include a speed limiter as well.

Rózà Thun, MEP, said that a kind of “speed limiter” was the most controversial measure. However, she clarifies that: “We did not introduce a speed limiter, but an intelligent system that will make drivers fully aware when they are speeding. This will not only make all of us safer, but also help drivers to avoid speeding tickets.”

What do you think about these new safety features?

Do you think mandatory breathalysers and speed limiters are a good or bad thing?

Let us know in the comments!

Influence your world,

Toluna Team
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larkintimj

  7 months ago
A percentage of people will always find a way to circumvent such measures, however on the whole i think anything that has the potential to make the roads a safer place is warranted and welcome.
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M3643151h

  7 months ago
I don't think it will make a difference
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marianprodea8

  7 months ago
Who wants to cheat will cheat
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jm1100

  7 months ago
It won't stop people abusing the system.
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totmalysh

  7 months ago
It would be easier to ban card from roads all together.
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Maxine81

  7 months ago
This won't stop them at all people ain't stupid they will find a way to cheat the system
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delcercy10

  7 months ago
But someone else could blow into it, what about a balloon pump blowing into it. I can see some people will cheat this system, they need something else to make it more fool proof.
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Lindadavid

  7 months ago
Good idea but I can’t see how it is going to work
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A7482125s

  7 months ago
Good idea but I dont think it will work as well as hoped.
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S5658322n

  7 months ago
It is a good idea but I think implementation will be difficult. With the tests being at random intervals could mean that it never catches the person if they are driving drunk, so could end up being a pointless device that will significantly increase car prices.
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