Bill would set aside $60 million to develop in-vehicle alcohol detectors

"More than 10,000 people are killed each year in drunk driving accidents. By Americans choosing to utilize these types of safety measures, my hope is that we can ultimately help prevent those accidents and save lives," Corker said. 

But the American Beverage Institute, which represents more than 8,000 U.S. restaurants, claims the true goal of the bill's supporters is to put alcohol detection devices in all cars set well below the legal blood alcohol limit of .08.

“The bill’s sponsors and supporters claim the alcohol detectors would be voluntary and set at .08, but there is a mountain of evidence showing that their true goal is to put alcohol sensing technology in all cars as original equipment, set well below the .08 level,” said ABI managing director Sarah Longwell.

The group urged Congress "to reject the campaign to put alcohol detectors in all cars."