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    Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    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.
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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    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.

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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    I voted no assuming you meant everyone has to get one installed. That wont help alcoholics and those so inclined just wont use it or wont pay attention to it. The lionshare of drivers thankfully do not drive impaired.
    I would much rather see a national total ban on cellphone use in any form by drivers while driving. Cellphones are the biggest vehiclular murderers barring none in the country

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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.
    They are so incredibly easy to by pass it wouldn't be worth it.
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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    Breathalyzers require you to pass the test or you can't start the engine.

    Stats Drunk Driving Accident Statistics: Alcohol-Related Car Crash Deaths
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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    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?

    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.

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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.
    I vote no. A complete waste of hundreds of millions of dollars.

    What's next? A test of one's reflexes before the key works? Maybe a tricky little vision test?
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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot 88 View Post
    Breathalyzers require you to pass the test or you can't start the engine.

    Stats Drunk Driving Accident Statistics: Alcohol-Related Car Crash Deaths
    Actually, not to get hyper technical on ya, but breathalyzers merely record the blood alcohol content (BAC). What you're actually referring to is an ignition interlock device. I support the use of the ignition interlock, but only for DUI offenders (well actually I support confiscating their cars, but that's a different topic).
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    Re: Mandated breathalyzers in cars?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I vote no. A complete waste of hundreds of millions of dollars.

    What's next? A test of one's reflexes before the key works? Maybe a tricky little vision test?
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