In today’s news, a perfect example of the idiocy of MADD’s holy crusade:
Schumer: Steering Wheels Could Stop Drunk Driving
Elmira, NY. July 23 — In the future, cars may be able to detect — through a driver’s skin — whether he or she is drunk, and prevent the engine from starting.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., was in Elmira on Friday to promote a bill that would fund research of alcohol detection devices that could make such a scenario possible. Called the ROADS SAFE Act of 2010, or Senate bill 3039, the act would direct the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration to spend $60 million over five years to figure out whether it’s possible to make an alcohol-detecting ignition lock that is both reliable and affordable.
"There’s a real chance for a tremendous breakthrough that doesn’t prosecute drunk driving after the act, but prevents it," Schumer said during a news conference with area officials at the Hazlett Building…
Schumer said sensors that can detect blood alcohol content could be placed on steering wheels and driver’s seats. He said that technology is already in use in an alcohol-sensing bracelet, such as one worn by actress Lindsay Lohan.
"It detects through sweat that is always coming out of your pores, even when you can’t feel it, the legal limit of alcohol," Schumer said. "And when she was over it, it would go beep beep, and law enforcement would come get her."…
Hmmm….Shutting down the car’s ignition if the steering wheel detects sweat from the hands. Clever, except….uh, what about gloves?
Gee, $60 million of your taxes and all that technology…foiled by a cheap pair of gloves! So guess what now becomes standard equipment in cars in their…uh, glove compartments? Or…maybe they could make possession of gloves in a car illegal? Or maybe…
I think we’re going to need another $60 million.