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Gingersnap
03-11-2011, 12:26 PM
Alcohol Detectors Could Come Standard With a New Car

A new law under consideration would call for installation of a device that would allow six violations before stalling the car
By VIKKI VARGAS and JULIE BRAYTON

Updated 7:55 AM PST, Fri, Mar 11, 2011 | Print

It's called "The Roads Safe Act" and opponents claim it's designed to put an alcohol detector in every car, just like an airbag or stereo.

Currently ignition interlock systems are only installed by court order.

Mechanics who work with the Smart Start System say you don't have to be over the legal limit to stall out.

"Normally what they should calibrate it at .03. I believe for most people that's the warning level," said Garrett Benedict, a mechanic.

The device allows six violations, then the car won't start at all.

Experts say it is also set up to make sure drivers don't try to cheat.

"They make you blow into it while you're driving, therefore somebody doesn't blow into it at the bar for you, and then you leave," said Benedict.

The American Beverage Institute has gone on record saying alcohol detectors should only be used for drunk drivers, not everyone.

"This is going to eliminate peoples ability to have a glass of wine at dinner, have a beer at a ball game and then drive home. That's our concern, because that' something we think people should be able to do," states Sarah Longwell of the American Beverage Institute.

The proposed bill would make $60 million available over the next five years to develop new devices, such as technology which would measure blood alcohol content by touching the steering wheel, or even an ignition button.

"I think itís a great idea. It will keep everybody safe. It'll keep all the alcoholics home," according to Julio Gonzalez, a customer.

NBC LA (http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Alcohol-Detectors-Could-Come-Standard-With-a-New-Car-117777338.html?dr)

jediab
03-11-2011, 12:48 PM
Privately fund this stupid idea. If this is such a good thing then have groups like MADD contribute funds. Do not use tax dollars. This country is broke as it is.

Novaheart
03-11-2011, 01:23 PM
I have a terrific idea that will reduce drunk driving. Make it illegal to serve or sell alcohol to elected representatives. After that, we can make it illegal to serve or sell alcohol to all public employees.

Madisonian
03-11-2011, 03:19 PM
Take a guess at what I think they can blow.

I rarely drink (yes, I post all this shit while sober, folks) and never drive if I have been.
I don't want to spend another grand on a car to prove it and then what happens when the device breaks or misreads the BAC? You're screwed.

Whatever you put on the car, someone will figure out how to beat it.

lacarnut
03-11-2011, 03:45 PM
Califorinica..the land of fruits and nuts