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From: Mike Harding
Subject: Re: Defeating Breathalyzer Ignition Interlocks
Date: Tue, 07 Jan 2003 08:16:23 +1100
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On 6 Jan 2003 04:28:10 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Bill Sloman)
>The aim is simply to change people's behaviour
Can't agree Bill. Here in Victoria (Australia) the real aim is
very much about making money for the state - I don't have
the figures to hand but the state income from speeding fines
>As John Fields has pointed out, you don't need absolute pitch to use
>the engine note to judge your speed pretty accurately - trying to
>drive at a constant speed via visual feedback from the speedometer is
>just stupid, and anyone who tries it and runs off the road is just
>exhibiting evolution in action.
Not much choice here in Victoria where the tolerance on
the posted speed limits has been reduced to +3kph, You
try keeping your speed to 100kph and not varying by more
than 3%! (Especially when vehicle construction regs. only
require your speedo to be accurate to +/- 10%!).
They target speed because it's easy. "It's mainly down to speed"
they say. What it really means is they don't have to tackle
the much more difficult causes of accidents.
>One of the downsides of living in a democracy is that from time to
>time you have to subordinate your judgement to that of the population
>as a whole.
Nice theory. But no one has ever asked them, have they?
And it very much depends upon your definition of a democracy
I don't accept that a two party system with partisan MPs
constitutes a democracy.
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