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Court ruling orders interlocks for drug-impaired drivers
Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | 9/20/12 | Barry Massey

Posted on 09/21/2012 2:16:19 PM PDT by elkfersupper

People convicted of driving under the influence of prescription or illegal drugs must have an ignition interlock installed on their vehicles as required by New Mexico’s drunken driving law, although the devices don’t detect the use of drugs, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.

(Excerpt) Read more at santafenewmexican.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: drugs; ignitioninterlocks; madd
How long until somebody decides that caffeine, nicotine, butter, excess body fat, etc. requires an ignition interlock?
1 posted on 09/21/2012 2:16:24 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: elkfersupper

So you can be stoned off your mind, blow into the device and drive on your merry way. What good does it do?? Is this the new scarlet letter “A”?


2 posted on 09/21/2012 2:19:29 PM PDT by Marie ("The last time Democrats gloated this hard after a health care victory, they lost 60 House seats.")
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To: elkfersupper

CONVICTED!

These are for people that have already been CONVICTED of DUI. It is part of their legal penalty.

How many strikes should someone get for DUI before the law takes some action against them?

Would you prefer these people convicted of DUI simply be thrown in jail for an extended period of time, because that is the alternative they are facing?


3 posted on 09/21/2012 2:22:20 PM PDT by Brookhaven (The Democratic Party has become the Beclowning Party)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; CSM

Ping.


4 posted on 09/21/2012 2:27:37 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: elkfersupper

Brilliant. /s


5 posted on 09/21/2012 2:28:10 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: Marie
What good does it do??

Power and control. Pure and simple.

6 posted on 09/21/2012 2:30:30 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: elkfersupper
Bet if you look closely enough, you'll find an interlock manufacturer or installer has made some campaign contributions to certain state legislators, and whoever appoints judges in New Mexico.

Just a hunch.

7 posted on 09/21/2012 2:30:58 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Marie
"What good does it do??"

Lots.

If you're in the interlock business, that is.

8 posted on 09/21/2012 2:32:14 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Brookhaven

The problem is DUI covers non-alcohol and the blowers only detect alcohol. The only thing it accomplishes is making these people buy the expensive interlock devices... hmm wonder who had that idea.


9 posted on 09/21/2012 2:33:11 PM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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To: elkfersupper
We are so screwed.

"It’s true that we know that an ignition interlock doesn’t detect drug use, but we also know a lot of times there’s dual use. It’s not just drugs people are using. Sometimes it’s alcohol with drugs,..."

"The ignition interlock requirement, the court said, is rationally related to the goal of the Legislature in protecting the public from motorists unable to drive safely because of drugs or alcohol."

"In sum, the Legislature is outlawing impaired driving in and of itself, not the method by which one becomes impaired,” the court said in an opinion written by Chief Judge Celia Foy Castillo"

These are the brilliant minds of the elite. These people should be eliminated.

The Kenyan must go.

10 posted on 09/21/2012 2:33:26 PM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: Brookhaven
"The court’s ruling came Wednesday in the case of a woman arrested in 2009 in Santa Fe County for driving under the influence of drugs. A blood test found the presence of the prescription painkiller oxycodone as well as a sedative, which as a brand name drug is called Valium. The woman, Tara Valdez, pleaded guilty to a first-time DWI offense but challenged the requirement to have an ignition interlock."

It was her first.

The Kenyan must go.

11 posted on 09/21/2012 2:36:52 PM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: clee1; Brookhaven

I trust that neither of you ever take any prescription or over-the-counter drugs and are thus not exposed.


12 posted on 09/21/2012 2:41:08 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: elkfersupper

$10 says NYC’s Food Nazi Bloom-Turd has those “laws” already drawn-up and will be unleashed, soon.


13 posted on 09/21/2012 2:41:25 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Libs, dems, unions, leftist scum & murderous muzzies - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: ex91B10
I am walking around with residues of both of those drugs in my system. Broke 4 ribs in my back 6 weeks ago.

The oxy was prescribed as a Vicodin painkiller. The Valium as a muscle relaxant to ease up the muscle spasms around the injury.

Neither of them really work, by the way.

I am very careful not to drive when I'm "feeling" them, but who knows what is in my system when I am not?

14 posted on 09/21/2012 2:54:40 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: elkfersupper

1) Fill up one or more balloons when you’re sober.
2) Use on of those 12volt tire pumps to blow into the detector.
3) Anyone that knows anything about cars would be able to bypass this thing easily although it probably keeps track of when it has been activated so if you get pulled over and you didn’t blow into this thing, bad things happen.


15 posted on 09/21/2012 3:10:03 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Lx
It demands a blow every 5-20 minutes while you are driving.

Playing with the bypass would be worse than being sh!itfaced.

16 posted on 09/21/2012 3:20:18 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: elkfersupper

When I hurt my back I had all kinds of therapy, ultrasonic heat massage (awesome). After 6 weeks of zero progress, they prescribed a drug called, Soma. Not the drug from Brave New World but what a difference. My back was better in two days.


17 posted on 09/21/2012 3:20:48 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Lx

18 posted on 09/21/2012 3:39:08 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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19 posted on 09/27/2012 12:52:02 PM PDT by CedarDave (Presstitutes: Journalists who refuse to ask hard questions and who report by omission or distortion)
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To: CedarDave

Now we need liberalism to be declared a drug, and many problems will be solved.


20 posted on 09/27/2012 1:15:42 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: elkfersupper
It demands a blow every 5-20 minutes while you are driving.

Ah, yes; because nothing could go wrong if there's an alarm that goes off or some other distraction for the driver at a crucial moment... and what about it suddenly locking up [or powering-down] the vehicle if they ignore it?

Seriously, did anyone think this set-up through at all?

21 posted on 09/27/2012 3:43:13 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark
Seriously, did anyone think this set-up through at all?

Thinking is not part of the mindset.

22 posted on 09/27/2012 4:53:34 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: elkfersupper
Thinking is not part of the mindset.

Obviously. It's rather discouraging to realize that about our leaders.

23 posted on 09/27/2012 5:15:52 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: elkfersupper
It is all kind of stupid.

We have an acquaintance who, some years ago, got herself all spun out on crank (more accurately, continued to be so). At some point along a journey over a remote stretch of highway she got paranoid and convinced herself some mysterious "they" had bugged her car. She pulled off the side of the road and proceeded to rip every wire out of her car that she could.

Cops happened upon her walking down the middle of the highway in a tunnel and they hauled her in for DUI. She had to enter drug rehab (which was ultimately not successful), do community service, get a job, and blow into an interlock for a year.

I don't know what the proper solution is to enforce abstinence on a tweeker but a breathalyzer interlock is a complete waste of time and money.

Maybe the theory is it imposes a form of discipline but that would be just grasping at straws. I am not aware that a reasonably effective treatment for meth addiction has been developed yet, but I'm pretty sure that's not it.

24 posted on 09/27/2012 6:47:31 PM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (I will not comply.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Not only New Mexico. The case I described in my post (above) was in Oregon, and I think it is near universal. But there is money to be followed, no doubt.


25 posted on 09/27/2012 6:58:06 PM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (I will not comply.)
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