Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Police and Government Overreach

A nice post on the Constitutional damage being done by overzealous legislators and organizations like MADD. Essentially, DUI and DWI laws are so "voter friendly" that elected officials are willing to do anything to support them. It's not about the constitution, it's about generating revenue and sticking drivers with the maximum possible penalties.

My view is that the government is going to keep lowering the BAC levels (which are already calculated on an aggregate - not an individual basis) and upping enforcement until they get well past the point that DUI's have any meaning. I mean, pretty soon, if everyone has a couple of DUI's, the receipt of a DUI will lose its social and professional stigma. Getting a DUI will no longer cost you your job or the respect of your peers (I argue that it has already reached that point).

Further, motorists who get .08 - .16 aren't really the problem.

Finally, if you are interested in this topic, check out DUI Blog. It's pretty cool.

Kid Handsome


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