Just got a mailing from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
They want us to sign a petition. Ignition interlocks, in all our cars.
1. Drunk driving is already illegal.
2. Driving without a license is illegal.
3. Interlock systems are expensive and cumbersome.
4. On the other hand, interlock systems are easy to defeat.
Do you really think that the sort of person who drives with a suspended license, on probation, and stone drunk is going to obey THIS law?
It would just impose huge costs on the rest of us.
From the mailing:
"Right now there is legislation pending in 30 states to require alcohol ignition interlocks on the vehicles of either repeat or first-time DWI offenders!"
Really? First time offenders? So if I am considering driving drunk the first time, a nice policeman will come install an interlock system?
Presumably, they meant possible SECOND time offenders, or people who have been convicted once.
But this is just a short jump to the full, "interlock for all cars" system.
Why do I have to pay, and be inconvenienced, for the tiny proportion of people who can't control themselves?
All we would need to do to solve the drunk driving problem is have real civil penalties, large fines and compensation laws. And people who can't pay can work off the debt in prison. No parole, no privileges.
Instead, we fill our prisons with folks whose only crime is to use harmless drugs in the privacy of their own homes! The prisons are full of people who have hurt no one, so we cut loose the drunken killers who endanger us all.
My answer? Simple.
1. Legalize, or at a minimum decriminalize, possession of all substances, so long as they don't harm anyone else.
2. Punish, and fine, anyone whose use of a substance, or need to purchase a substance, results in damage to someone else.
Incredible that you can go to jail for LONGER for possessing marijuana inside your house than for killing someone with your car while you are driving drunk.
Punish HARM, and the use of FORCE, not violations of some made up moral code.
MADD should be focusing on real jail terms, and real solutions, not some techy thing that will just make money for corporations and bureaucrats.