Wednesday, December 12, 2007

MADD about your selfish freedoms

MADD has been lobbying for mandatory alcohol devices to be installed in all new cars for a while now. Even if you don't drink and drive and have never been convicted of impaired driving, MADD would like your new vehicle to be equipped with another expensive electronic gadget that increases the likelihood your mechanic will enjoy more visits from you.

The real issue is fulfillment of MADD's demands make all drivers guilty until proven innocent. Armed with the results of a new study, MADD is bumping up their lobbying efforts a notch. 1514 respondents, along with the participants of 5 focus groups, overwhelming identified drunk driving as one of the biggest threats to road safety. Among the solutions supported are random breathalyzer tests on drivers who exhibit no evidence of impairment.

Two-thirds of Canadians want police to have the authority to do random breathalyzer tests on drivers, according to a recent survey.

In a report released yesterday by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada, 66% of respondents to a survey said random checks should be done.

"Just because you can drive straight doesn't mean you're not impaired," said Gladys Shelstad, president of the Edmonton MADD chapter.

But she agreed random breathalyzer tests would open up a can of legal worms, be open to challenges under Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and would likely never happen.
Police currently conduct RIDE checks and can pull motorists over at random, so what's the big deal if they ask you to blow into a tube or request a sample of your blood? If you aren't doing anything wrong, you should thank the fine officer for enforcing "justice." The practice of obtaining search warrants before entering your premises should also be dispensed with, along with the paper work and time it takes to obtain such warrants. If an officer wants to search your home for drugs or guns at 2 in the morning, you should brew him a cup of coffee and be glad collective justice is finally being achieved.

cp: Dust My Broom

1 Comment:

Richard said...

This device and MADD sends out the message that fully grown mature adults cannot be trusted to make decisions for themselves.

I do not agree with drinking and driving one bit, and abstain from it, but I should not have to be penalized with having to have a breathalizer device for the wrongs that a few schmucks who drink and drive do. The device should be looked upon as a punishment for those who have committed drinking and driving offences.

One more footstep closer to a totalitarian state. Not utopian, but totalitarian.