Sunday, August 5, 2007

Just Plain MADD

Me, back in November of 2006, concerning MADD's lobbying efforts to bring back prohibition with the aid of mandatory alcohol detection devices installed in every vehicle:

Collective "rights" and "protections" are prior to the rights of individuals. There is nothing obtrusive about forcing global warming contributors to blow into a tube before they are permitted to start their vehicle as we are each and everyone responsible to everyone. I can only imagine that these devices will always function perfectly and never malfunction because the State is always perfectly efficient and wise. This is a great advance for the socialist utopia envisioned by Karl Marx. I look forward to the day when motor vehicles will come equipped with a smog advisory device designed to prevent polluting vehicles from starting should the global warming risk prove higher than normal.
The agenda that activists perceive as progressive just got more progressive should Nissan secure a government contract. Why should passengers get a free ride?
Alcohol Odor Sensors

1. A hi-sensitivity alcohol odor sensor is built into the transmission shift knob, which is able to detect the presence of alcohol in the perspiration of the driver's palm as he or she attempts to start driving. When the alcohol-level detected is above the pre-determined threshold, the system automatically locks the transmission, immobilizing the car. A “drunk driving” voice alert is also issued via the car navigation system.

2. Additional alcohol odor sensors are also incorporated into the driver’s and passenger seats to detect the presence of alcohol in the air inside the vehicle cabin. When alcohol is detected, the system issues both a voice alert and a message alert on the navigation system monitor.

Facial Recognition System

A camera is mounted on the instrument cluster facing the driver to monitor the driver’s face. The system is calibrated to monitor the driver's state of consciousness through the blinking of the eyes. When the system detects signs of drowsiness, a voice and message alert is triggered via the navigation system. Additionally, a seat-belt mechanism is activated which tightens around the driver to gain his or her immediate attention.

Driving Behavior

By constantly monitoring the operational behavior of the vehicle (e.g. sensing if the vehicle is veering out of its driving lane), the system can identify signs of inattentiveness or distraction in the driver. When the system detects such behavior, voice and message alerts are issued via the navigation system. The seat-belt alert mechanism is also activated, tightening around the driver to gain immediate attention.
Be sure to check out Classical Values for the heteronormative take on the story. HT: The Agitator.

Failure to deter crime by imposing mandatory checks and balances will soon be a greater aggrievance than taking care of your own selfish destiny.

4 comments:

Col. Hogan said...

So, suppose you go to the doctor and get a shot. You get back in your car, which alcohol sensor catches a whiff of the alcohol with which they swabbed your shoulder.

The car's doors automatically lock and the car calls the police, who come (after you've cooked in your car for an hour) and take you in and arrest you.

You miss a day's work sitting in jail waiting to make bail, and you lose your job.

Who do you sue?

Anonymous said...

... The police find that you don't have the mandatory barcode on your arm and they frog-march you to a prison tatooing facility where you misunderstand their questions and end up with a barcode listing your name as "Not Sure". Through a hilarious set of circumstances they come to discover that you're actually the smartest man on earth and ...

BTW stop me if you've heard this one ...

Patrick Ross said...

So, suppose you go to the doctor and get a shot. You get back in your car, which alcohol sensor catches a whiff of the alcohol with which they swabbed your shoulder.

The car's doors automatically lock and the car calls the police, who come (after you've cooked in your car for an hour) and take you in and arrest you.

You miss a day's work sitting in jail waiting to make bail, and you lose your job.

Who do you sue?


Never happen. This is what any of us in the anti-impaired driving lobby refer to as a "fruitcake excuse". Often, they go something like this:

So, what if, uh, it's Christmas? Yeah, and you just had some fruitcake with rum sauce? You get pulled over, you blow into the breathalyzer. They arrest you, right?

No. The amount of alcohol in a swab or in rum sauce isn't enough to register on a breathalyzer at all.

Consider that one beer contains 341 mg of alcohol. Now consider that it takes the average person four beer to be over the legal limit.


Now, the real danger posed by the systems described by the Nissan site is that they take key areas of judgement out of the hands of human drivers. There are more of these systems available, including systems that will not allow people to move into lanes where there is an object by locking the steering.

Consider, however, a very plausable scenario on a highway in which a person is driving on a three-lane freeway, in the middle lane. An 18-wheel rig on one side begins to merge into their lane. There is a small passenger vehicle in the other lane. Such a system would force the driver to remain in the lane where they will be killed, as opposed to being able to "opt" for the collision in which they will probably survive.

That's the real danger. This is one case where the anti-impaired driving lobby is misguided in their efforts.

mariposa said...

This is a dumb idea since we can't really count on it working. I'm also sure that some people will find a way to work around it or disable it.

But...
An 18-wheel rig on one side begins to merge into their lane. There is a small passenger vehicle in the other lane.
You think the ONLY option is to collide with another vehicle in order to avoid the truck? How about using your horn and taking your foot off the gas!