Breathalyzer Law For ALL US Cars Happening Now In Congress

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http://tomudall.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=419

I received an email today from Ryan, a regular reader of the blog. He shared with me this proposed law in congress which seems to be getting much closer to a reality. Considering that if this passes it will perhaps become a mandatory feature of future cars in the US, this seems to be a highly relevant discussion to have here.

Although I am fully behind the idea of reducing drunk driving I’m a bit undecided in my view of this potential future law. The idea and the implementation of it seems overly invasive and could result in a lot of unforeseen problems. For example…(and this is a stretch) lets say someone gets injured, starts bleeding and needs to drive to the hospital immediately. If they had a drink or two prior to getting injured they could end up bleeding to death in a car that simply will not start because of this law. Granted that example is a stretch, but surely situations like that would happen on occasion if a law like this were to get passed nationwide (which it very well might).

What are your thoughts? Congress is having this discussion so perhaps car enthusiasts should too.

Here’s one more link: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s510/show

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