From: Gerry Schneider
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Subject: Breathalyzer Ignition Interlocks - Big Brother at his best!
Date: Sat, 04 Jan 2003 00:53:15 -0800
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sat, 04 Jan 2003 00:51:56 EST
Organization: Bell Sympatico
Just a few tidbits from Canada's "solution" (asterisks are
Anyone convicted in Ontario of a drinking and driving
offence committed on or after December 23, 2001, *must*
install a breathalyzer ignition lock in their vehicle once
their driving privileges are restored.
Persons convicted of a first offence will have to use the
device, called an ignition interlock, for at *least* one
If it detects an impermissible level of alcohol (over *20*
mgs of alcohol in 100 ml of blood), the car will not start.
The Registrar of Motor Vehicles will consider the *data*
stored by the device in deciding whether the person applying
for its removal can be trusted to drive sober without it.
The system requires breath samples at random intervals while
the engine is running. Drivers have about three minutes to
provide a breath sample, allowing them time to pull over *if
There you go - a (flawed!) device whose "data" (including
false positives) is used to judge you without recourse to a
fair hearing, which *requires* you to either blow into a
tube while driving (ridiculous!) or pull over before the
horn and lights go off (dangerous!), and which is set to
absurdly low levels (watch out for mouthwash and
liqueur-filled chocolates!). And when does the punishment
end? When they say so! OK, sure, the guy may have deserved
to get nailed for drunk driving, but doesn't anybody besides
me (and Fred) worry about where this is going? Or have you
Americans been so brainwashed by the War on Drugs, War on
Terrorism etc. that you don't care anymore?