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February 2nd, 2011
01:09 PM ET

BIG I: Booze-Detection in Your Car

Today's Big I was all about new technology that detects alcohol on your breathe and thru your skin in your car.  If you're over the legal limit, your car won't start.

Click here to check out the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS).

Filed under: Ali Velshi • Anchors • The Big I
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  1. Rick Swope

    It's a nobel idea but seems highly unconstitutional. In this country, every citizen is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. This device, if installed in every car manufactured, would sidestep that basic premise.

    February 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  2. Jeremy Morrison

    I think this is a good idea for someone who has been convicted of a crime. On the other hand I do not think this is fair for the other billions of US citizens that have not been convicted of a crime and our responsible adults.

    February 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    This is pointless because people will always find a workaround for those trying to stop them from doing what they want to do. This has been the way since the beginning of time. People still don't realize that in order to solve problems, you need to get to the root of them instead of using temporary patches.

    February 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  4. Jeremy Morrison

    When do you draw a line is the bigger question if you ask me. There are many responsible people that this would just be a huge inconvenience for. People who have been convicted of a related crime this is a great idea. This proves that they are not responsible.

    February 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  5. Dan Foster

    Government estimates of 10 years to implement this technology is typical of beuracracy at its worst. Recalls are required for defects that may hurt someone based on 5 incidents of 10,000 Inverters made by Xantrex/Schneider Electric. 10,500 folks die every year in the US due to drunk drivers and we have the technology to eliminate the deaths within a year. But the Feds say 10 years. 100,000 more folks will die because the Feds are delaying it. Well, Private Industry should move forward on it and implement it.

    February 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  6. A.C. Scott

    I think it would be okay to have the detectors in the car but it should not prohibit a person from driving. For starters ... it should just warn the person that his/her driving abilities have been impaired and that driving while intoxicated can lead to arrest and lost of license. Let see if people can make the decision not to drive on their own.

    February 2, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
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  8. Alex

    these alcohol detection devices will not be cheap and the cost will be added to the price of the car and the customer must pay. I don't drink and don't want to pay for someones drinking problem.

    February 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  9. Sheryl

    Great idea...DADSS! Many people don't know when they've reached a BAC of .08 or higher. People will always try to find a way to "cheat the system" though so that will have to be addressed in the system.

    February 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  10. Rick

    Booze detectors, another waste of time and money that the auto industry is jamming down our throats to avoid the real issue. "HIGH PERFORMANCE GAS GUZZLERS" The government is good at passing the laws, but that is where it ends. Drag Racing has been illegal for 40 years, but the auto makers still build cars that go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds and they have top speeds of close to 200 mph, which is almost triple the maximum allowed on any highway. The only purpose that these "GAS GUZZLERS" serve is to break the law and cause accidents, but we will blame all of this on the "DRUNKS" who drive them.

    February 2, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  11. Francis Sadowski

    The use of detection devices in cars is a moot point. Only a minority of government and people are sincere about drugs and alcohol control. If the majority of people and government wanted to stop abuse, we would not be pushing to legalize drugs like marijuana which just adds to the DUI problem. Putting alcohol detection device in a vehicle is punishment of the innocent for the sins of the guilty. I would love to stop DUI but this in not the answer,

    February 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  12. Carlos

    i dont think this is going to fly with bars and nightclubs they make most of their money on people drinking. Bartenders and most restaurants would loose most of their revenue. Face it they need people to drink one or two drunk drivers are a small fraction compared to income from drinking establishment then again taxi service would jump as well.

    February 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  13. Thaine O

    Well, this seems to be a great idea,however I know people who have to start their cars with a breath analyzer ,if they are intoxicated they just use a portable air tank hook up hose and blow air from the air tank and start their cars ! Or have a sober person blow for them , it will be the same for DADSS . It doesnt work its a waste of money.

    February 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  14. Sheryl

    I'm not sure how this is unfair or unconstitutional. I don't believe the results are going to be sent to the police. No one knows about your results except you. Wouldn't you want to know if you were legally drunk? Maybe, it would stop many people who don't know when they have reached a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. Some may not even know what legal intoxication is. They just base it on how they feel. A DADSS might help guide them better and become more responsible drivers.

    February 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  15. Jan

    FANTASTIC IDEA!! Alcohol related deaths and abuses need to be reigned in. If we don't do it, who will??? God help us to be responsible and help keep each other safe.

    February 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  16. Sheryl

    "drunk drivers are a small fraction compared to income from drinking"? Wow! What if you or your child is the casualty?

    February 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  17. Robert Sullivan

    the people who are against this have never lost a loveone or get into a bad wreck from a drunk driver.

    February 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  18. Steve

    Hmm..... 10 years to implement this technology (90,000 deaths will occur during this time according to the report)
    10 years to land a man on the moon. 30+ astronauts/cosmonauts have died in the past 50+ years. (roughly 450,000 alchohol related driving deaths during the same period)
    I guess fighting alchohol abuse is more complicated than conquering the space travel. You'd think this might be a more important issue.

    February 2, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  19. Dave Michon

    More of the ever-advancing war on our liberties. I'm a victim of a drunken' Marine (can't sue – no recovery on a Federal check!) driver so I can say this having seen the other side. Enough already! You can't protect us from every eventuality! Get rid of some laws, don't make more up.

    February 3, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
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