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From: John Woodgate
Subject: Re: Defeating Breathalyzer Ignition Interlocks
Date: Sat, 4 Jan 2003 21:46:53 +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 Painter
wrote (in ) about 'Defeating Breathalyzer Ignition
Interlocks', on Sat, 4 Jan 2003:
>Said by somebody who obviously does not spend a lot of time prying people
>out of cars.
I don't envy you your job. But you cannot help but have a different
perspective from other people, because you see only the disasters.
>I see no fiction in the number of times alcohol is involved, especially in
>single vehicle accidents.
I'm sure that 'alcohol is involved' in a high proportion of SVAs. But
the actual numbers, not percentages, are what really matter. Just to
**grab some numbers out of the air** to show what I mean:
Number of SVAs in your area in a given year: 400 (more than 1 a day)
Number in which driver was legally DUI: 50 (this would be a very high
proportion where I live; it's more likely 20, but YDUIMD)
Number in which driver had taken alcohol in the previous 12 h but was
not legally DUI: 100
Number in which 'alcohol was not a factor': 250
You see three SVAs a week in which 'alcohol was a factor', including one
DUI. But if alcohol suddenly ceased to exist, you'd still see five SVAs
Those 250 comprise boy racers, driving while asleep and real accidents
like diesel spills and unlucky avoiding actions (I've had a gas tanker
approach me head-on on my side of the road. The temptation to get off
the road without looking for obstructions was quite strong!).
Regards, John Woodgate, OOO - Own Opinions Only. http://www.jmwa.demon.co.uk
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