30th June 2008

Feds Looking Into Mandatory Breathalizers

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Eric Peters’ blog at the National Motorists Association explores efforts to make breathalyzers mandatory on all U.S vehicles. Peters zeros-in on the Driver Alcohol Detection System For Safety (DADSS), a $10m taxpayer-funded partnership between the  industry-funded Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. DADSS is hot for new, “less intrusive” breathalyzers; specifically gizmos that measure blood alcohol content (BAC) through the driver’s skin (via steering wheel-mounted sensors). While acknowledging America’s 9k annual drunk driving deaths, Peters is not pleased at the prospect of treating every motorist like a convicted drunk driver, He’s also displeased that consumers would be expected to shoulder the additional costs of this new “standard equipment.” More proof that freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.

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