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Laura Dean Mooney, president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said the technology could “turn cars into the cure.”

While she did not foresee the alcohol detection system ever being mandated by the government, Mooney, whose husband died in an accident caused by a drunken driver 19 years ago, said she could envision it someday becoming as ubiquitous as air bags or anti-lock brakes in today’s cars, particularly if insurance companies provide incentives for drivers to use those systems by discounting premiums.