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From: John Woodgate
Subject: Re: Defeating Breathalyzer Ignition Interlocks
Date: Sat, 4 Jan 2003 11:06:12 +0000
Organization: JMWA Electronics Consultancy
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Reply-To: John Woodgate
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I read in sci.electronics.design that Michael Culley wrote (in <firstname.lastname@example.org>
) about 'Defeating Breathalyzer Ignition Interlocks', on Sat, 4 Jan
>This doesn't sound right to me, I was under the impression that even a
>reading of 0.05 would double your chances of having an accident.
It's pretty certain that results reported by some 'authorities' have
been munged to make political points. Demos on TV of the effects of
alcohol on the driving of simulators are fatally flawed in that all the
parameters of the simulator are under the control of the demonstrators,
who can ensure that 'crashes' occur when they want them by paralysing or
reversing the steering.
Note also the Machiavellian trick of accusing everyone who criticizes
the false or suspect propaganda of 'being in favour of drunk drivers'.
No-one is prepared to take the political risk of dealing with those
drivers who, through long reaction times and/or short attention spans,
are dangerous when stone-cold sober. I didn't believe the 'short
attention span' thing until I was driven by one who had it, happily
driving past roadworks signs, speed limit signs, lane closure signs etc.
until the converging traffic cones forced sudden awareness and violent
braking. If he'd hit another car whose driver was obeying all the signs
but was one point over the limit, guess who would be blamed.
Regards, John Woodgate, OOO - Own Opinions Only. http://www.jmwa.demon.co.uk
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