Breathalyzers for everyone?

by Walter Olson on May 28, 2006

At least if New York Assemblyman Felix Ortiz gets his way. Although it doesn’t consider the technology ready yet, “Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) gives a qualified endorsement to the idea” of making the devices mandatory in all new cars, teetotalers’ included. After all, they only run about $1,000 apiece, the cost in freedom and dignity aside (Jayne O’Donnell, “Will all autos some day have breathalyzers?”, USA Today, Apr. 28)(via Brian Doherty, Hit and Run).


1 J.T. Wenting 05.28.06 at 2:20 pm

Won’t be long. There’s a serious initiative in parts of Europe that would make them mandatory for people convicted of DUI in a few years.
Won’t be long after that before they’ll be mandatory for everyone.
As Europe often leads the US in such developments by a few years expect the same to happen over there as well.
“It’s all for the kids” is a powerful shotgun argument, “if it saves just one life it’s worth it” is another.

2 Bob Smith 05.28.06 at 10:54 pm

MADD has gone completely off the deep end.

3 PTG 05.29.06 at 3:39 pm

Wait until some cat’s family gets caught in a flood or a fire because dad had a couple of beers and the car won’t start. I can think of numerous situations in which one would be justified in driving impaired. In some cases, it could even rise to a duty to do so.

Because society feels justified in making certain actions illegal, it shouldn’t extrapolate from that a justification for making the same actions impossible.

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