Big Brother wants Alcohol Detection System in every car

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    Congress Considers Funding for In-Car Alcohol Detection System - Wheels Blog - NYTimes.com

    Diverting taxes from highway safety and invasion of privacy, what could possibly go wrong?
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    I'm not sure I buy the argument that getting behind the wheel drunk is subject to privacy protections. Can you elaborate?
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    Sure put em in there, keep the drunks off the road.
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    If you don't view being forced to take a BAT every time you get into your car as a privacy issue I have no idea what you think is private.
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    Umm do you drive your car on public or private roads?
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    Would help but I have read of cases where an interlock was ordered installed by a DUI Judge, the offender in several cases I read just got a friend or in one case their child to blow in the tube to start the car.

    Just outlaw Alcohol, problem solved :razz::razz:


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    I like the idea for chronic offenders. Everyone else; its just a wate of money and another electronic device that will need repair just like all of the other useless bells and whistles in a car.
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    If they would just put drunk drivers in jail and keep them there, driving drunk would not be a problem in this country and there would be no need for stupid ideas like this one.
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    Making this mandatory would be an issue to me, mostly as it assumes guilt for no reason. And for the people in the survey saying it is a good idea, I would bet 90% of them would disable the device the second they got it.
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    Ain't that the truth? I get incensed when I read horror stories where the driver has had multiple DUIs. Why do they get their license back? And if they kill someone, why are they only getting a couple years in prison?
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    Agreed.

    I think I heard something the other day about Massachusetts lawmakers pushing for legislation that would require installing one in first offender's cars for six months or something.
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    Plus there's emergency situations to consider.

    Just a bad idea.
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    The State controls your ability and right to drive, one could argue you have no right to an expectation of privacy in regards the act of driving.
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    Been tried, failed so miserably that it is the only amendment I know of to be REPELLED.
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    Most States view a drunk as not of their own mind. As being impaired and not thinking straight. Thus the disconnect on things like killing someone while drunk and no lengthy sentence.
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    the are called "blow and go"

    they are used for chronics....the major problem i have seen with them....you have to pull over every so many minutes and use it....they are easy to by pass...with a sober friend etc.
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    I agree with RGS. Driving on public roadways is a privilege. If a citizen has not been drinking, what is the problem with proving that as a condition of being able to exercise that privilege?
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    How about cameras too so any other illegal activities that go on in the car can be captured on film ?
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    illegal activities that immediately threaten the safety of other citizens legally using the roadways? Such as?
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    Sounds like a good idea, BUT... what if you REALLY need to start your car?! Say, to run away from the police after a bar fight? You were planning to take a cab, but things got out of hand, and one thing led to another and...

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