Skip to comments.Senator wants alcohol breath-test machine in your car!
Posted on 03/12/2011 6:53:21 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is the lead player in a legislative effort, already endorsed by a handful of other senators, that would spend $60 million to develop a program that would charge consumers for the costs of installing drunk-driving interlock devices in vehicles.
The proposal, S.510, was introduced this week in the U.S. Senate by Udall, who was joined by Sens. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Al Franken, D-Minn., Amy Klobuchar D-Minn., West John D. Rockefeller, D-W.Va., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.
The legislation actually doesn't call for the technology to be installed in every vehicle but urges "more widespread deployment of in-vehicle technology to prevent alcohol-impaired driving." The device already is ordered into use sometimes by courts addressing cases of drunk drivers who offend repeatedly.
The proposal delivers $12 million to promoters of the program in each of five years for what the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration calls the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety.
The "fact sheet" posted by the federal agency describes the interest in "technologies that will quickly and accurately measure a driver's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in a non-invasive manner. If the system detects that a driver is drunk, the vehicle will be disabled from being driven."
It has been suggested that a tissue spectrometry program, a touch-based approach in which sensors would measure the level of alcohol in tissue, might be used. Or the program might use the infrared light spectrum to "detect alcohol concentration in the driver's exhaled breath."
(Excerpt) Read more at wnd.com ...
So long as they keep it to some guy who wants to prove he’s come clean after a past DUI, but don’t bother doing it on all of us, no getting intrusive without criminal charges and convictions!
Only after one gets integrated into the Senate voting system. They can name it after the Swimmer.
Don’t some of the states already charge DUI offenders a small fortune for this “service”? I’m pretty sure IN does, or did.
They want everyone to be treated as criminals until this country is one big prison camp
I swear Democrats are commies in disguise.
I want a breath tester implanted in the senator’s head!
Nanny State PING!
Related issue. Next a phone disconnect similar to this, to stop phone calls and texting.
I hope it can tell the difference between beer and Listerine........
communists should be shot like they were in the 60’s
who are putting up to get rid of corker ? this traitor voted for the start treaty.
I swear commies are Democrats in disguise...
This $60 million to “develop the technology” is pure bullshit! The technology already exists! The money will go to some well connected company who gave money to some senator. Guaranteed.
Or the difference between wine and ketosis ...
I want an alcohol test machine at the entrance of the Senate and House Chambers. Their votes shouldn’t be impaired and are at least as important as driving clean.
Whose selling the contraption and who gets a piece of the pie? Tom Udall has done enough harm with his energy kickbacks and stealing land on the pretext it’s for conservation.
Someone already proposed equipping cars with cell phone jammers.
Someone want to invest in my company that will sell little blowers that plug into your cigarette lighter that just happen to have connections that fit the alcohol tester?
NONE of this nanny-state crap should be allowed to be voted on in the Senate until the deficit is addressed. NONE. And $61 billion (less than a month’s spending) out of $4 trillion is a sick joke.
Let’s first install idiot detectors at the doors of Congress.
Never will happen. The DUI industry is mega huge dollars.
I want to see a brain implanted into the Senator’s head.
I think they should install them in all government owned vehicles.
I guess now that Ted Kennedy is dead and Patches Kennedy is no longer in the House, it’s okay to go after everyone as if they were a drunk or a druggie.
Read DUPES by Dr. Paul Kengor and you'll see just how close you really are.
The guy is from New Mexico. Do the liquor stores there still have drive-in windows?
I have an idea where these politicians can plug their curly light bulbs.
Time for DAMM to organize!!!
DAMM=Drunks Against Mad Mothers!
Well, they want to control what we eat and what we drink and just about everything else...sure glad I am in my twilight years because I am getting where I hardly recognize America anymore...
I notice all the co-sponsors are Democrats...
Commies first and gestapo second?
Then they will want cup holder banned in cars.
If you don't want to do this, don't run for office.
After all, they always tell us we shouldn't fear government surveillance if we have nothing to hide.
That cuts both ways.
I don’t know how this would be engineered in a vehicle, but what would keep someone else from blowing in the “breathalyser” and the drunk is still able to drive away.
Also, how often would one have to blow in the breathalyser? What would prevent someone from starting their vehicle with a .05 and then start drinking a fifth of Jack he/she got started?
Lots of other questions!!! This is stupid. Make the laws stricter!
Corker, you should know better. If you don't let me help you:
If Al Franken is for it, it is wrong.
“Only after one gets integrated into the Senate voting system. They can name it after the Swimmer.”
Today’s vote was 37 yea, 27 nay, 2 absent, 34 soused.
I think ANYONE/EVERYONE elected, including Senators, Congress, Presidents, all their staff, administrations and ALL government employees at every level from local to federal should be required to pass a drug test NOW, before they can continue with their jobs.
Right up there with Braille dots on the keys of a drive
up ATM terminal. Are blind people really driving
up to use them?
It’s not a very good disguise.
Because even passengers should never talk on a cell when they're in a car. Idiots.
In-vehicle alcohol testing now, Big Mac/Whopper/Footlong/Double/Triple sandwich and fries/onion rings/soda monitoring next.
They will have to pry my favorite sandwich, “the big guy” from my cold dead fingers with my vehicle keys. Here it is by the way as a stock clip:
Wow, go figure. The neo-statist fascist party (also known as Democrats), who's only goal is to grind their boot-heel in the face of humanity -- forever -- all line up to set up yet another populace-monitoring program. I see only one Republican in that list.
Sure, the program is not-universally-mandatory now. But, trust this, it will be. It discourages people from driving, and the goal of the DemonCrap party is to get us out of our cars.
And to treat us like cattle.
Every single day, they come up with another reminder why all DemonCraps must be removed from the face of this planet.
It would never register anything with me. I’ve never taken to drinking and never touch the stuff. I can’t stand coffee either but love the aroma.
I think Stevie Wonder does.
Disguise? WHAT disguise?
That was discarded in 2008.
Unbelievable. The idiots could not be bothered to pass a budget last year, but they have time for this idiocy. These people are beyond moronic.
Reminds me of a plack a friend has on his office desk “I was raised to believe in killing communist i see no reason to change now”.
How about some legislation that a person has to be sane and responsible in order to vote for President? Obviously, this is need more desperately.
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