A woman, allegedly under the influence of alcohol, plowed in a crowd of those enjoying the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade. There were 3 deaths and 22 injuries. Here is the coverage from the AP.
Could this provide the tipping point on how to prevent drunken driving?
Obviously, MADD didn't solve this problem. Yes, it changed the perception of being drunk from cartoonish to deadly. But drunks are still in their cars, killing, injuring, and incurring a lot of costs to society.
Sentencing miscreants to Alcoholics Anonymous or even prison hasn't been a deterrent.
Eventually the driverless car could put an end to all this. But, meanwhile, as the platitude goes, "Something must be done." That something could be to speed up the development of technology which makes it impossible for the intoxicated to start up the engine of a car.
Then, regulators would make the device mandatory on all vehicles of all makes and model years. That 1971 VW bug still on the streets won't get exempt.