Originally Posted by Dirtyfrog
Breath Analyser in a car are annoying as hell. My friend had one installed when he got busted for DUI and he proved to the judge that he needed his car for his job.
1. You don't only blow in it to start the car. The machine will randomly ask you to breath again WHILE you are driving. Failure to do so in 10 minutes will shut down your engine. It's to make sure your friend didn't blow in it for you because you were drunk.
2. Result need to be examined once a month by an authorized person to make sure you didn't fail once and to make sure the machine is still correctly calibrated (Around here , they do that at a car windshield/window/radio shop chain).
3. These machine are rentals and they cost around 80$ per month ( including the cost of #2 ).
This will never be de facto installed in every car.
Yeah Im sure there's a better technology out there. My sister had one installed after her DUI and it was a serious pain.
But still, whats the big problem? 1) Inconvenience. 2) Cost.
Are those two - relatively minor things - worth more than people's lives? There were 12,000 alcohol related deaths in 2009, but I don't know how many more led to jail time, serious injury, life ruining, etc.
In addition, I'm sure the cost of installing/building a breathalyzer/BAL thingy into cars would be offset by the millions (if not more) spent on jailing offenders, medical bills, lawsuits, property damage, insurance settlements, et al.
Seriously though, if it were to become LITERALLY impossible for a drunk driver to be on the road, ever, wouldn't that be worth it?
BTW, yes, I agree we shouldn't be jailing people the way we do - we should be offering more treatment-oriented centers for substance abusers, but thats a different discussion, as it doesnt stop a first offender from getting behind the wheel while drunk.