(Closed) Should Cars Have Built-In Breathalyzers?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Well I don’t know about the US, but here in Canada, if someone gets a DUI the judge can order breathalyzers be installed in that persons car to start the engine ( it might be mandatory now, I’m not entirely sure). I think its a great idea.

To answer your question though, I do think it would be a great idea to install them for every vehicle. Because like you said, if it saves even one life, its worth it. The thing is though it isn’t fool proof, and its trickier to implement then we think. Every vehicle would have to have one then, and older vehicles have them installed. How much would that cost?

Also, a sober person can blow for a drunk person. I know it sounds dumb, like it would never happen, but an idiot, or homeless person might blow for a drunk, for 10 bucks.

 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I don’t drink at all and I totally agree…. so what, it takes me a minute to start my car, atleast I know that others won’t be able to endanger themselves or someone else.

That simple.

ETA @cash000 we actually have that in the states too, although it’s not always enforced. And my sister’s ex was one of those that would have a sober person blow for him BUT… it beeps every so many miles to be blown in again, if the “sober” person was gone and he had to blow in it the car would enforce him to shut it off… if I remember correctly. (we got a call from my sis once with them on the side of the road)

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I live in a province where if you’re caught drinkging and driving you can get a condition to have one installed.  I think it’s a good idea, but don’t think every vehicle needs it.  They’re quite expensive to install and maintain, (I think around the $200 installation/$100 per month maintenance) which would make driving a vehicle prohibitively expensive for a lot of people.  I really do think that most people are responsible enough to know when they aren’t capable of driving a vehicle.

On the other hand, I think drinking driving penalties/enforcement aren’t strict enough.  I’d be all for losing your license forever (or a very long time) if you get caught even once.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Miss Tattoo: For the vast majority?  YES!  Way too many people drive drunk.  (Thankfully, all our friends are VERY responsible drinkers and do NOT drive if they’ve been drinking or are drunk.)

Some, who are not human like my Fiance, aren’t affected at all by alcohol (this is from people who he’s been around who were drinking and hate him because they can’t drink him under the table. EVER.).  Me, I don’t even get a buzz, but when I finally crawl into bed,the moment my head hits the pillow, I’m out like a light.  AND NO HANGOVER!

However, VERY few people are like us (I’m guessing here…).  

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You can have them ordered to be installed in the car. Most drivers just have someone else do it for them though. 

But yeah, I do think that they should. I don’t care if I only drink once a month. FI’s car was totalled in a hit and run just 2 nights ago. This was his college grad present to himself after all his money was given. Lots of after market parts. Luckly no one was in it. And VA has a hit and run law.

That can’t be fixed.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@runsyellowlites:

Ohh ok, so it requires a reblow after so many clicks. Thats a great idea. Still not fool proof, but definitely helps! Technology these days fascinates me!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Miss Tattoo: exactly… same with drug trafficking… busting people is big business so really cracking down to get rid of the problem is highly unlikely =/

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yeh, probably. I also think that after awhile it wouldn’t really bother you, it’d just be another step to hittin’ the road like get in, buckle, up, check mirrors, turn key, etc.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Cash000: yep…. It was kind of annoying when in his car but I saw it for me self… it would beep every so often and he’d blow in it.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Should drinkers be responsible and trusted that they won’t drive…” – Psh! If only.

It blows my mind that there are people out there who can get DWI after DWI and still do it. There are constantly stories in the paper about people being arrested with 3, 4 sometimes even 5 past convictions. I would assume these people don’t have valid drivers licenses (who would give someone with 4+ DWI’s a license anyway) but that doesn’t stop them from driving. 

I have absolutely no problem with built in breathalyzers. Any responsible driver won’t have anything to worry about. If tacking on an extra 5 seconds each time you start your car will potentially save someones life then why the hell not!

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Yes, I believe this should be enforced.  So many lives would be saved.  I wish it was possible to save all though.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Interesting thought, but sadly I doubt it would work. To often drunk people have sober people blow into them. i know someone (not well) who would have someone else blow into it if he had a drink. Of course this is wrong – but it will happen and will happen often.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I guess I will be the first to say no.  While it is a tragedy that people drink a drive, I value my privacy and individual rights.  Even if they were installed, those people who REALLY wanted to drive, would just get someone else to blow in it for them, disconnect, or circumvent it in some other way.

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