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245 million Americans to be forced to undergo "guilty until proven innocent" breathalyzer tests just to start their cars if plan proceeds.
"The threat of arrest and punishment, for decades the primary tactic against drunken drivers, is no longer working in the struggle to reduce the death toll, officials say, and they are proposing turning to technology — alcohol detection devices in every vehicle — to address the problem," reports the New York Times.
In addition, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers today began a campaign to make all states pass legislation that mandates these devices be placed in all cars of drunk drivers, even if they are just a first time offender.
- GPS tracking and taxation black boxes are being pushed to coincide with the construction of the NAFTA Superhighway, where all vehicles will be forced to use toll roads and will have their every movement catalogued by spy satellites in alliance with a massive centralized database.
- US citizens will be forced to adopt a de-facto national identification card and have their freedom of mobility defined by behavioral fealty to the government under proposals set to derive from NAFTA superhighway toll road systems and the implementation of the American Union.
- Biometric eye scanners that can detect tiredness and deny mobility if the system judges the driver to be fatigued are being proposed for individual vehicle use after being utilized by police in Australia.
- Proposals are in play to install surveillance cameras in all cars, especially in areas where legislation has been passed that bans the individual from smoking in their own car if a child is also present.
- In March 2004, Toyota launched its concept car of the future - a literal behavior modification surveillance center on wheels - festooned with Big Brother technology - that will record every nuance and error the driver exhibits, and will limit its performance based on those factors, including refusing to turn itself on. Industry publications and other motor industry giants have also touted surveillance infested vehicles as the model for all future development.
Originally posted by Spawwwn
Nah bro, sorry to say but u are wrong if u think this is not a good idea...
I drink a LOT. and i also do other things that we can't *ahem* talk about here on ATS........
and i'll tell u, nothing makes me more angry than STUPID DRUNK DRIVERS. Why? because driving while ur screwed up is POINTLESS.
I'm sorry, but i've been blasted out my mind on more times than i can even remeber.....and even though sometimes i REALLY wanted to drive somewhere, or really needed to drive home..i opted to take a cab, or just wait it out until enough HOURS had passed before i was sober.
There's never a good reason for driving while u are intoxicated. Unless your mom is dying and you need to rush her to the hospital (which never happens to 99% of people arrested for DUI), then you have no valid reason for driving a car. This has nothing to do with big brother...this has to do with these IDIOTS that get behind the wheel of a car when they F'd up and kill someone. That ain't cool. I am probly as liberal a guy as u can get when it comes to taking *certain* substances, but i will NEVER support "easier" laws on DRUNK DRIVERS.
I never wanna hurt someone or myself if i am intoxicated..on whatever the "drug" may be. So i think this act is a great thing and i support it 100%.
Bottom line: There's never an excuse for driving drunk. . So you have to STFU and deal with whatever punishment u get dealt.
Originally posted by djohnsto77
First of all, you need to post the link to your quoted source...
Anyway, these breathalizer machines will only be required for people who have been convicted of DUI. If you're convicted of a crime, the gov't can take away certain rights from you or punish you in any way they see fit (as long as it's not cruel or unususal). In this case, I think requiring this type of device for people convicted with DUI is certainly a fitting reaction by the gov't to the crime and protects the public safety.