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Thursday, November 11, 2021

Congress has created a new requirement for automakers: Find a high-tech way to keep drunken people from driving cars.

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Just in time for autonomous cars! Win-win, we want to know whether or not our Teslas have been dipping into the cooking sherry.

#1 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-11-11 01:50 AM | Reply

This is going to make cars even more expensive to buy and repair than they already are. Another unfunded mandate by Congress. How will this help people get reliable transportation with limited means? It's a way of limiting who buys new cars without really doing it directly. Not good public policy.

#2 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-11-11 07:09 AM | Reply

Yeah, seatbelts are hella expensive too. Did you ask for bluetooth connectivity in your auto? 'Cause all the new cars have it.

#3 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-11-11 09:30 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Alcohol and guns are about as American as DUIs and wars of aggression.

You can't fix the symptoms without first addressing the disease.

#4 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2021-11-11 10:31 AM | Reply

It's a way of limiting who buys new cars without really doing it directly. Not good public policy.

#2 | POSTED BY EFFETEPOSER AT 2021-11-11 07:09 AM | FLAG:

Then it's a good environmental policy. The US is caught in a self-made trap of wanting to massively reduce emissions, but also have a individualist personal transportation culture.

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-11-11 11:37 AM | Reply

This is going to make cars even more expensive to buy and repair than they already are. Another unfunded mandate by Congress. How will this help people get reliable transportation with limited means? It's a way of limiting who buys new cars without really doing it directly. Not good public policy.
#2 | POSTED BY EFFETEPOSER

Regardless of this law it is going to happen anyway. Automakers have been working with NHTSA to develop driver alcohol detection for years and some have already started implementing the technology.

#6 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-11-11 11:53 AM | Reply

"This is going to make cars even more expensive to buy and repair than they already are."

Let people who can afford cars worry about that.

You can buy an old car that drives for 900 bucks at the auto auction.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-11-11 12:13 PM | Reply

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#8 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-11-11 12:25 PM | Reply

Just skip Starbucks for a year and you too can afford a $900 car!

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-11-11 12:27 PM | Reply

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#8 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-11-11 12:25 PM | Reply | Flag

That's what your car will say.

#10 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-11-11 12:29 PM | Reply | Funny: 4

This is a good start.

Courts in the US are far far far too lenient on impaired drivers.

With Uber and Taxis there is no reason to drive impaired.

A 23 year old woman would still be alive and Ruggs would not be facing 46 years in jail if he did not drive while impaired.

A woman in the Southern tier would be celebrating her daughters 11th birthday and my neighbors niece would not be in jail if she did not drive while impaired.

My father would not have been disabled and in pain every day of his life for 26 years after he was hit head on by a driver who had his license revoked but yet chose to drive blitzed out of his mind. Hit my dad at 74 mph with no skidmarks at all before impact.

Other nations in the world treat DUI's as a serious offense. In the US, only if you kill someone is it taken seriously.

Yeah, seatbelts are hella expensive too. Did you ask for bluetooth connectivity in your auto? 'Cause all the new cars have it.

And anti lock brakes, air bags, stability control, lane keeping, crash prevention, blind spot monitoring, traction control, etc..etc...

#11 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-11-11 12:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Cars will henceforth be equipped with an 8 inch, flesh colored nozzle which will be located in the center of the lap portion of the driver's side seatbelt.

Once the driver has been seated and has put on his seatbelt, he will then lower his head and place the nozzle into his mouth and rhythmically blow into it for 30 seconds. A photo and .txt file of the BAC results will then be taken by the car's dashboard cam and wifi'd to the local police department which will then remotely disengage the locking mechanism on the car's steering column and allow the man to begin driving.

#12 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2021-11-11 12:48 PM | Reply

www.google.com

#13 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-11-11 01:06 PM | Reply

OK, but can it detect whether the driver has been huffing jenkem? Asking for a friend.

#14 | Posted by censored at 2021-11-11 02:44 PM | Reply

Part of the trillion dollar not so much infrastructure as graft and activist cap bill.

#15 | Posted by visitor_ at 2021-11-11 03:45 PM | Reply

Don't worry the GOP will take power and reverse it...

#16 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-11-11 05:33 PM | Reply

Why can't they just make cars without all the bells and whistles? I just want a cheap simple no computers under the hood ride. Why is that not available anymore? Why is it illegal?

Dumb.

#17 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-11-12 01:22 AM | Reply

This is not going to end well.

According to the article, 30% of all traffic fatalities in the US are from drunks. OK, so we know why drunks have wrecks. Isn't it fair to ask why the other 70& of (sober) drivers are wrecking and dying?

#18 | Posted by jakester at 2021-11-12 01:28 AM | Reply

A hacker will figure out a way around it within milliseconds of the first car with this feature rolling off the assembly line and will get rich modifying cars that have it. I mean, the war on drugs is working so well, isn't it?

#19 | Posted by jakester at 2021-11-12 01:30 AM | Reply

Why can't they just make cars without all the bells and whistles? I just want a cheap simple no computers under the hood ride. Why is that not available anymore? Why is it illegal?
Dumb.

#17 | POSTED BY EFFETEPOSER AT 2021-11-12 01:22 AM | FLAG:

You can get very close to that. The engine will always have ECUs, if you don't like that move to the Congo and drive around an ancient diesel or something. However, you can get something like a Nissan Frontier with manual seats, mirrors, windows, etc. Pared to the bone with no accessories. No dealership will have it even in fully stocked times. It'll be ordered from the factory and get to you in a couple months.

#20 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-11-12 07:58 AM | Reply

#18 | POSTED BY JAKESTER AT 2021-11-12 01:28 AM | REPLY

#19 | POSTED BY JAKESTER AT 2021-11-12 01:30 AM | REPLY

I was thinking the same thing.

It's a dumb idea from people who think they're smart.

Everyday I see people swerving all over the road because that cell phone is more important than paying attention to the road. Why aren't they doing something about that?

#21 | Posted by ScottE at 2021-11-12 10:05 AM | Reply

Everyday I see people swerving all over the road because that cell phone is more important than paying attention to the road. Why aren't they doing something about that?
#21 | POSTED BY SCOTTE

Where have you been the past decade? Technologies such as rumble strips, driver assist/self drive, smart roads, etc have been implemented or are under development to address inattentive drivers.

#22 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-11-12 11:44 AM | Reply

Why can't they just make cars without all the bells and whistles? I just want a cheap simple no computers under the hood ride. Why is that not available anymore? Why is it illegal?
Dumb.
#17 | POSTED BY EFFETEPOSER

In part cecause that is not what consumers actually want. You can't get a base model that is missing many of the bells & whistles but hardly anyone buys them. Besides, I'm old enough to remember when most cars on the road where exactly what you describe. No computers warning you of mechanical issues, no power brakes/steering, no backup cams, no blind spot detection. Driving was a lot more risky then and highway safety data proves that claim.

#23 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-11-12 01:41 PM | Reply

Maybe it's because the auto makers don't take their cues from people without a driver's license?

#24 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-11-12 01:43 PM | Reply

"A hacker will figure out a way around it within milliseconds of the first car with this feature rolling off the assembly line and will get rich modifying cars that have it."

Yeah but most people won't do that.
Just like you can pirate all the stuff that's on Neflix, but most people don't do that.

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-11-12 01:44 PM | Reply

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