So much for States rights and unfunded mandates: Congress considers legislation mandating breath testing devices on the cars of all DUI offenders.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Mandatory DUI Interlock devices or alcohol detectors for vehicles for all DUI offenders and eventually universally?
Two United States Senators have introduced a bill titled the "Drunk Driving Repeat Offender Prevention Act of 2011" which would require that States pass mandatory alcohol breath testers on the vehicles of all DUI offenders laws or face a progressive loss of Federal Highway funds. This is the same tactic used to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21 and lower the legal limit for DUI offenders over the decades from 0.15 to 0.08. It is federal highway fund extortion and another unfunded mandate left for the States to find money to enforce new laws without a proportionate increase in federal funds to enforce the new requirements. According to the American Probation and Parole Association, this unfunded federal mandate will cost state and local taxpayers $432 Million Dollars across the nation. This is an incremental step toward a legal mandate requiring alcohol detection technology being installed in all motor vehicles. Depending on the level of technology employed universal alcohol detection devices would produce between 4000 and 3 millions false positives a day leaving many sober drivers stranded in remote locations, freeways, roads and highways. There is no way to determine how many pointless fatalities could occur if an alcohol detection device malfunctioned and disabled a vehicle on a freeway in a busy metropolitan city.