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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    In principle, yes, I could definitely support something like this. A huge portion of auto fatalities are alcohol-related. If the technology is effective enough to prevent the person from driving while intoxicated, without lots of "false alarms" for sober people, then I absolutely support it. It could save tens of thousands of lives per year.

    I think people dramatically underestimate how dangerous an automobile is. For most of us, it's by far the most dangerous thing we own.
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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    But to mandate all cars have them then no because it assumes all people are drunk drivers without any probable cause.
    Mandated breathalyzers don't necessarily make that assumption, as long as the results of the breathalyzer aren't reported to the police (which I would oppose for the same reason you do). If you just have to pass a breathalyzer to start your car, then I don't think the "probable cause" stuff really applies because you aren't being arrested or searched by the police; it's just something you have to do like turning the key in the ignition if you want to go anywhere.

    Although the civil libertarian in me initially bristled at the idea when I heard it, I recognize that there is a balance to be struck since roads are very dangerous places. If the only person at risk was oneself, I might be less inclined to support it...but drunk drivers pose a risk to others on the road too. And since it is such a HUGE problem in this country (tens of thousands of fatalities due to drunk driving every year), I'm going to come down on the side of mandatory breathalyzers.

    Assuming, as I said before, that the technology is actually effective at keeping drunks off the road without false alarms for sober people.
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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    I voted for the installation of burrito detectors.
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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    I had a friend that got one installed in his car mandated by a judge. We worked at the same place. Sometimes it would take him 2 hours to get his car started so he could drive home. He also had to drive over to Irving once a month to get this detector calibrated. That cost him $35.00 each time.

    He had to blow into it with just the right velocity, for just the right amount of time to get the thing to register sober. Each failed attempt caused him to wait 20 minutes before the detector would reset so that he could try again. This was circa 1998, so I don't know how much the technology has improved. I do know that along with no helmet (I wear one), no seatbelt, and no airbag, I won't be getting a Breathalyzer installed on my bike anytime soon.
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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey Shane View Post
    I had a friend that got one installed in his car mandated by a judge. We worked at the same place. Sometimes it would take him 2 hours to get his car started so he could drive home. He also had to drive over to Irving once a month to get this detector calibrated. That cost him $35.00 each time.

    He had to blow into it with just the right velocity, for just the right amount of time to get the thing to register sober. Each failed attempt caused him to wait 20 minutes before the detector would reset so that he could try again. This was circa 1998, so I don't know how much the technology has improved. I do know that along with no helmet (I wear one), no seatbelt, and no airbag, I won't be getting a Breathalyzer installed on my bike anytime soon.
    Did he sit in the car fuming (becomming mad at the world) or did the use his brain and think that he should act as a responsible adult ?
    A smart man would take a 20 minute walk and think about things at the same time.

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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    Quote Originally Posted by peepnklown View Post
    I voted for the installation of burrito detectors.
    Should we not treat this discussion seriously ?
    IMO, driver training should be updated and improved.

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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    In principle, yes, I could definitely support something like this. A huge portion of auto fatalities are alcohol-related. If the technology is effective enough to prevent the person from driving while intoxicated, without lots of "false alarms" for sober people, then I absolutely support it. It could save tens of thousands of lives per year.

    I think people dramatically underestimate how dangerous an automobile is. For most of us, it's by far the most dangerous thing we own.
    It is a large chunk of momentum for sure. However, the portion of auto fatalities which are alcohol related has been decreasing (as a percentage) and now falling asleep/tired driving is right up there with DUI. End of the day, you will never have zero cases of DUI. Not so long as drinking is legal and driving is legal. It's ridiculous to think it can get down to that level. And in the end, I'm not willing to accept these sorts of infringements upon our rights; these aggressive style Big Brother searches before we can use our property or drive on the roads that we pay for. Drinking and driving can be dangerous, but the government is more so. I'd much rather take my chances with a few drunks on the road than begin to authorize horrible abuses of power and constant monitoring of the People by government goons.
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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Did he sit in the car fuming (becomming mad at the world) or did the use his brain and think that he should act as a responsible adult ?
    A smart man would take a 20 minute walk and think about things at the same time.
    No, a smart man would use an air compressor.
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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    It's too bad they haven't come up with an idiocy detector. A working one would eliminate 99% of all traffic accidents and make the highway patrol redundant.
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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    On purely practical note, it would be a bad idea because current technology isn't yet good enough. On a theoretical level, I am rather torn. I personally would be willing to have a breathalyzer installed if it meant a nation-wide decrease in the number of deaths on injury from drunk driving. However, I have doubts about the consequences of allowing such intrusion into the lives of citizens.
    Next they'll put a breathalyzer on your gun, your beer bottle, and your pecker, to make sure you're not too drunk to use those.
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