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Thread: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    We have a cell phone ban in the city I live in. I absolutely oppose it and, yes, I've have very nearly been creamed by some guy driving a truck and talking on his cell. I laid down, like, 20 feet of skid to avoid the accident. Even so, I appreciate the irony that I could get behind some guy who's clearly driving drunk but that it would be illegal for me to call the police on him on my cell.
    Cell phones shouldn't be used by drivers. They take too much attention away from the road, even with a bluetooth headset. People want to use their phones while driving because its easier and faster than stopping, but their desire for convenience should not be more important than the other driver's safety. People are really irresponsible regarding their cell phone use.
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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    No, this is a dumb idea. Some states already mandate ignition interlocks for DUI offenders, which I'd be okay with, but even then, they're too easy to bypass. I know a guy who used to have his 4-year-old daughter blow into it so he could drive drunk.
    That's even to much, just get a squeeze bottle and hook the straw to the interlock tube.
    Problem solved.

    Or you could just electronically disable it.
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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    Quote Originally Posted by tryreading View Post
    Cell phones shouldn't be used by drivers. They take too much attention away from the road, even with a bluetooth headset. People want to use their phones while driving because its easier and faster than stopping, but their desire for convenience should not be more important than the other driver's safety. People are really irresponsible regarding their cell phone use.
    What's the difference between talking on a cell phone and being distracted by a passenger, changing the radio, eating a burger, etc?
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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    I would like to see it be a mandate for anyone who has had a DUI. Other folks? Too restrictive.
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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot 88 View Post
    Should breathalyzers in cars be required?

    You would have to get one installed prior to getting a new tag; if you didn't you can't get a tag.

    I imagine the government(s) would have to pay for these to be installed, but it would be worth it. Or maybe insurance would pay for it.

    I am betting car accidents go down by what, 90%? DUI's would become nearly obsolete.
    90%? Falling asleep while driving is right up there with DUI.
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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    What's the difference between talking on a cell phone and being distracted by a passenger, changing the radio, eating a burger, etc?
    This is exactly the point. It is impossible to ban all activities which might distract a driver. And cell phone use in a car is no worse than eating or drinking or having noisy passengers in the car with you. Bans on texting are a great idea, since you can't do it without taking your eyes off the road. I'm even okay with requiring hands-free devices to be used, since having one hand tied up holding the phone can be a problem. But outlawing cell phone use altogether is just stupid, and not only that but it would be extremely hard to enforce.
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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    i wouldn't mind it in place for someone with a DUI - but yes, it's a state decision. for the general populace? no need. most accidents aren't caused by alcohol, they are caused by sheer idiocy.
    Anything accurate to prove this assertion ?

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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    No, this is a dumb idea. Some states already mandate ignition interlocks for DUI offenders, which I'd be okay with, but even then, they're too easy to bypass. I know a guy who used to have his 4-year-old daughter blow into it so he could drive drunk.
    I wonder how the daughter felt about doing this and allowing the four year old "adult" to drive ?
    Back in the 60s, seat belts were the "rage".
    A ton of resistance, then in the 70s, the interlock.
    Now this is where the regulations went too far - the ignition/seat belt interlock was legally repealed a year later.
    So, is this "interlock" going too far ?
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    10,000 deaths is quite the price....................
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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    Would just be more crap for me to sell to a scrap yard. As far as not being able to get a tag that is fine with me. I don't think we should be forced to have car insurance,tags or drivers licenses as its just another way for big brother to track us.

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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodOleBoy View Post
    Would just be more crap for me to sell to a scrap yard. As far as not being able to get a tag that is fine with me. I don't think we should be forced to have car insurance,tags or drivers licenses as its just another way for big brother to track us.
    You think mandating car insurance is just another way to track us? How about it's just another way to be responsible? Along with driving privileges come responsibilities.
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