In the wake of their recent success in requiring mandatory ignition interlock devices (IIDs) in the cars of drivers who have been convicted of drunk driving, Mothers Against Drunk Driving has been planning the next push: requiring IIDs in all cars. In other words, no car could be sold in the U.S. without devices which would require you to pass a breath test every time you wanted to start the vehicle. See All U.S. Cars To Have Ignition Interlock Devices?
I've posted in the past about how such devices are, at best, inaccurate and problematic. See, for example, Will Ignition Interlock Devices End Drunk Driving? These are not the expensive, constantly-calibrated high-tech machines used in police stations, but rather assembly-line equipment made by car manufacturers, subject to endless sources of false readings and failures — which can, ironically, cause accidents. See Ignition Interlock Devices: Dangerous But Profitable.
And I've documented that 3 of MADD's 6 biggest corporate contributors are auto manufacturers who stand to make big profits from mandatory IIDs (another of the 6 major contributors is MADD's telemarketing company). See The Truth About Ignition Interlock Devices..
MADD is now finally making their push for federal legislation. And based upon past successes with legislators unwilling to oppose MADD, the their chances are good. In today's news:
MADD Lobbying for Device to Keep Cars From Starting in Driver is Intoxicated
Dallas, TX. Nov. 15 — …Now in its 30th year, MADD has a new plan and wants to end drunken driving for good. The nonprofit is pushing for the development of alcohol-sensing technology that prevents cars from starting if the driver is intoxicated.
Would you trust Detroit to mass-manufacture sophisticated breathalyzer technology for your dashboard?