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Volvo to add in-car cameras to monitor for drunk driving

By the early 2020s, all vehicles made by Volvo will include technology that can monitor drivers for signs of drunk or distracted driving and potentially intervene, according to an announcement by the company. The move is intended to reduce traffic-related injuries and deaths in Arizona and around the world.

According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,874 Americans were killed in drunk driving accidents across the United States in 2017. In an effort to reduce those numbers, Volvo will start installing technology that uses onboard cameras and sensors to assess drivers' actions and determine if they are showing signs of impairment or distraction. For example, if a driver fails to steer a vehicle for extended periods of time, has his or her eyes closed, demonstrates very slow reaction times or weaves across traffic lanes, the vehicle will issue warning signals. If the driver fails to respond, the vehicle will slow down and find a safe place to park.

According to Volvo's senior vice president of research and development, the technology is part of the automaker's plan to make vehicles that can prevent accidents, not just mitigate injuries after a crash has occurred. In March, the company also announced plans to begin limiting the speed of its vehicles to 180 kph, or 112 mph, from 2020 onward

Motorists who injure others in drunk driving car accidents could be held accountable in civil court. An attorney could represent an injured victim and prepare a personal injury claim on his or her behalf. If it is successful, the victim could receive compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, property loss and more. Victims could begin the lawsuit process by scheduling a consultation with an attorney.

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