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Subject: Re: Defeating Breathalyzer Ignition Interlocks
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Date: Tue, 07 Jan 2003 14:09:21 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 08 Jan 2003 01:09:21 EST
Organization: BigPond Internet Services (http://www.bigpond.net.au)
You might not be so certain of that if you still lived here. news and
current affairs programs are rife with repeat offenders, on their
3rd/4th or in one case 9th driving ban, still caught driving DUI
unlicensed on release from nick. There is a certain hard core that will
never be deterred, and therefore cannot be stopped unless they are
incarcerated, incapacitated, or shot. The breathalyser lock is a joke.
Most will borrow or steal another car if they can't find another way
around it, or simply have someone sober trigger the device for them. yet
another knee jerk reaction to drain the public coffers.
Bill Sloman wrote:
> Fred Bloggs wrote in message news:<3E17289F.firstname.lastname@example.org>...
> > Bill Sloman wrote:
> > >
> > > Are you sure? In the state of Victoria in Australia in the 1960's, the
> > > police surgeon John Birrell, put together the statistics on the blood
> > > alcohol levels of road accident victims as measured at autopsy, and found
> > > that something like a third of the victims had levels that would leave a
> > > social drinker incapable of walking, let alone driving. Heavy drinkers
> > > (alcoholics) can function ostensibly normally at these sorts of blood
> > > alcohols levels, and are heavily over-represented amongst road accident
> > > victims.
> > >
> > And that is precisely why the law is ineffective. These hard-core
> > alcoholics will not be put off by the law- they will continue to drive
> > anyway - they are almost never less than a 0.2.
> Victoria has random breathalyser checks to catch just such people.
> Every now and then the police set up shop at a suitable intersection
> and pull in every car and get the driver to breath into the gear. You
> can expect to be checked once every few years - more often if you are
> on the road at times when they expect drunks to be driving.
> First time around you lose your driving license for six months or a
> year - or get curfewed so you can only drive from 7am to 7pm (as
> happened to one of my close relatives - who doesn't seem to be an
> Do it again and you are looking at a prison term - it definitely
> affects people's attitudes.
> Bill Sloman, Nijmegen
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