Modern society is constantly advancing – new and more sophisticated technologies are appearing on the market every single day. Driverless cars are among the most sophisticated and genuinely effective ones out there. After all, these vehicles may well represent the future and they are now legalized to be tested on US roads.
With that said, the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) is also required to pass certain regulations that will ensure the safety of passengers inside the driverless cars. The DMV, however, already missed the deadline that was set up for 2015 and will need to take into consideration a number of problems that are related to driverless cars, such as when they begin to malfunction. And what if such a vehicle is hacked by someone? Who is going to be responsible for an accident involving a driverless car? And will we need a change to our roads? Will we need to create special lanes for driverless cars as well?
Furthermore, the DMV will also need to consider one important issue. Namely, whether it is ok to be in a driverless car if you are under the influence of alcohol? Will it be possible to convict a driver of such a car with a DUI? And would is it ok to consume alcoholic beverages while being a passenger of such a vehicle?
Right now, the law is pretty broad when it comes to criminal offenses while operating a vehicle. Even if the front seat passenger takes the wheel from the driver to avoid collision, while being impaired, he or she may well be convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
There is a possibility that even turning the car on and switching it into operational mode will mean you are controlling the vehicle and so the driver will be charged with driving under the influence. However, the law does need to be improved and altered in many ways to have an actual impact on how driverless cars are operated.
Driverless cars represent the future of our society and regardless of what new laws are going to appear, it is obvious that our roads are going to become a whole lot safer for all drivers soon.
So, go ahead, and discover all the benefits of driverless cars and, who knows, perhaps you’ll drive one in the future. Just don’t forget about new legislation and the effect it can really have on driverless car owners. DUI laws may be altered over time as well.
John Bayer, ESQ
The Las Vegas DUI Specialists