While reading the thread 'Mandatory ‘Big Brother’ Black Boxes In All New Cars From 2015", my mind starting turning. I was completely against the
black box idea, as were many others. As a whole I am against government intrusion into the personal lives of citizens. I then started thinking how
they could further regulate something as simply as driving. When I came across the idea of making car breathalyzers mandatory, I was interested.
Drinking and driving is not a right. To be fair, driving is not even a right. And I am assuming, but I do not think anybody is 'for' drunk driving.
After some research, I found there is a $10 million dollar research program trying to find how to mass produce car breathalyzers. This article is from
2008 so there hasn't been an introduction, but the funding for research is there.
As recent as Sept 2011, there is a finger analyzer that is 96% effective.
My issues when the car breathalyzers that I've seen are safety, expenses, and report of drinking to the courts (this is all obviously from convicted
Safety. I dislike how the person has to blow into the machine every so often to make sure they aren't drunk. I feel as if this take attention of the
Expenses. They can range from a few hundred dollars to $1000 and that does not include installation fees.
Report of drinking to the court. I understand these people have been convicted of felonies, but if these were mandatory I feel as if it is extremely
intrusive into privacy.
BUT.. With this new finger analyzer, one wouldn't have to take their eyes off the road, they would only be about $200 with mass installation, and
they would not have to be programmed to report incidents of trying to start your car while intoxicated.
It would take years to implement as the article states, but 8,000-9,000 lives could be saved annually. I know not everyone is going to agree with me,
but I wanted to hear people's thoughts on this. Also, what if it was an option when buying a car like leather seats or power doors? People could
choose personal safety and then no one would have to feel violated. Also, parents who buy their children cars could have the option to add this as
safety for their children.
Biggest problem I see is the local police would not be able to write as many DUI's and therefore would lose out on a lot of money
--There is a thread on this back from 2008, but it's been 4 years and I wanted to see if the new technology and cost of the finger analyzer changed