From: Fred Bloggs
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Subject: Re: Defeating Breathalyzer Ignition Interlocks
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Date: Sun, 05 Jan 2003 18:41:52 GMT
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Jim Thompson wrote:
> On Sun, 05 Jan 2003 17:14:43 GMT,
> Fred Bloggs ,
> In Newsgroup: sci.electronics.design,
> Article: <3E186800.firstname.lastname@example.org>,
> Entitled: "Re: Defeating Breathalyzer Ignition Interlocks",
> Wrote the following:
> |Jim Thompson wrote:
> |> On Sun, 05 Jan 2003 17:00:22 GMT,
> |> Fred Bloggs ,
> |> In Newsgroup: sci.electronics.design,
> |> Article: <3E18649A.email@example.com>,
> |> Entitled: "Re: Defeating Breathalyzer Ignition Interlocks",
> |> Wrote the following:
> |> [snip]
> |> |Since speed is what causes objects to collide, then by definition, the
> |> |occurrence of an accident is always traveling too fast for roadway
> |> |conditions -to include traffic density and other potential hazards.
> |> |
> |> "Since speed is what causes objects to collide..." ????
> |> My, that's a scientific statement... still above 0.08 this morning are
> |> we ?:-)
> |Some people need everything broken down into the most elemental parts.
> |Care to explain how motionless objects might otherwise attempt to occupy
> |the same position in space and time?
> Ask Heisenberg ;-)
> OK, enough of the humor (for the moment). There was a study conducted
> by Harvard way back in the early '60's, studying *every* accident in
> Massachusetts that year. Their conclusion: the *majority* of
> accidents were due to some kind of mechanical anomaly, bad tires, bad
> brakes, etc.
> I'll see if I can find that report in my archives.
> On my own observations, particularly after being T-boned on November
> 16, I'd say inattention/hurrying/Christmas-shopping was the major
> cause. So just get rid of Christmas and the problem will go away ;-)
It has been my experience that a shopping center parking lot is the most
dangerous driving condition in the world. I can still remember an
incident about 20 years ago when a baby girl about 4 years old maximum
dashed directly in front of my car. I was doing about 10MPH and popped
the brakes in 0.1 seconds flat-coming to a dead stop- she passed my
front by about six inches and just ran on by- never even noticing the
car. But if I hadn't picked her up early in my peripheral vision, she
would have been dead meat. In a second incident, I nearly tore an ab
muscle getting to a woman in a wheel chair who had been parked at a
sloped curb by her husband while he fetched the car. The brakes on her
chair slipped and she started picking up speed down the slope into
traffic and screamed for help. I caught her in time but it was a close
one. Forget the shopping centers- I will take my chances on the
interstate anytime over them.