Well, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers is about to lose support from this Peace Officer.
In a desperate attempt to prove that Nietzsche was correct, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers has issued the outline of their National Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving.
In pursuit of this goal this, they have stated Four Points.
The first of which is increased DWI Checkpoints -- a moot point for me, since Sobriety Checkpoints are currently unConstitutional in the State of Texas. As it should be.
It's the third tick on the MADD wish list that really sets the cat amongst the pigeons. Allow me to quote it here:
"Exploration of advanced vehicle technologies through the establishment of a Blue Ribbon panel of international safety experts to assess the feasibility of a range of technologies that would prevent drunk driving. These technologies must be moderately priced, absolutely reliable, set at the legal BAC limit and unobtrusive to the sober driver;"
Allow me translate that for the Gentle Reader: MADD wants technology developed to be installed in every car that will prevent intoxicated drivers from starting the car.
Right now, MADD is innocently proclaiming that this technology will be "entirely voluntary" and that within ten years they hope "...see voluntary application to general population with insurance premium incentives..."
Again, allow me to translate: "We're going to twist the insurance companies arms -- not that they'll need much twisting -- so that you'll either pay through the sinuses for the privilege of driving an un-equipped car; or the insurance companies will simply refuse to insure an un-equipped car."
Since driving with no insurance will get you ticketed, and a conviction for a no insurance ticket will get your driver license suspended or revoked, I really don't see this as being "voluntary".
I can see MADD's side. I've been a cop since 1993 and I've worked my fair share of drunk-induced fatalities. I've stood on more than one front porch in the dark with a preacher by my side, and news no family ever needs to hear on my lips.
I have crouched in mangled wreckage, spattered in blood, and begged innocents not to die while rescue crews worked frantically to cut them out of what used to be a vehicle -- and they still died on me.
Believe me when I say that I hate drunk drivers at least as much as anyone at MADD -- if not more so.
Nevertheless, you can not -- you CAN NOT -- trample on the rights of everyone else in your crusade to end drunk driving.
I am not a drunk. I am not a drunk driver. I do not want a piece of equipment with the "good enough" reliability of a cell phone or a computer operating system determining whether I should be allowed to start my car or not.
I do not want to install a gadget on my car to decide if I may start it because you're afraid that someone else in this country might be drunk.
Forcing me to put one of these things in my car -- and make no mistake: people will be coerced into installing these things one way or another -- forcing me to put one of these things on my car is a base violation of the core principle of America.
I have supported MADD since 1993.