It used to be you had to drive through the “checkpoint.”
Soon, you’ll be driving it.
Part of the Biden Thing’s “infrastructure” edict includes a requirement that cars made beginning with the 2026 model year come standard with what amounts to what courts used to order sometimes be fitted to the cars of people convicted of drunk driving.
It is no longer necessary in this country to have done something in order to be punished for it. This is just the latest example. Others include being treated as presumptively sick and ordered to wear a “mask” because you might be, endlessly.
No matter how obviously not-sick you are.
This was preceded by presumptive terrorism – i.e., everyone who travels by commercial airliner (but not, it is worth mentioning, private jet) is handled – literally – as if they actually had threatened to blow up an airliner.
Also on the theory that they might.
All of this was established as an actionable principle many decade ago – back in the 1980s – when the court that decrees what is and is not legally allowable (irrespective of the plain meaning of the words of the law) decreed it was no longer a legal obligation to suspect someone of having done something – this hoary old notion in the law of probable cause – prior to subjecting them to an investigatory procedure.
As for example detaining people at “checkpoints” where they are obliged to show ID and satisfy a cop they are not “drunk,” without having given the cop the slightest reason to suspect them of being anything at all.
It was enough – said the court – that they were driving on government roads and had obtained a government-issued driver’s license, by which (said the court) they had given their implied consent to having their travel arbitrarily interrupted, be detained under duress (however “briefly,” as it if that mitigates the affront of it) and obliged to convince a cop they weren’t doing something he had no prior reason to suspect them of doing.
This “implied consent” business being a lot like a man who says a woman who agrees to go out to dinner with him has agreed to have sex with him afterward. It’s vicious nonsense, of course. But it is also the law – as regards these “checkpoints.”
And so it has followed, inevitably – as an elaboration of the principe already accepted (or at least, established in law) that it is ok for cops to stop drivers for no specific reason at all and treat them as presumptively “drunk” – that drivers will shortly be unable to go until their car has decided they are not “drunk.”
How will it decide? And what constitutes “drunk”?
The how will be via sensors, probably embedded in the steering wheel (along with the government-decreed air bag) that sample the driver’s breath or – possibly, his skin, via touch. The what will likely be anything – as regards alcohol. In a number of states, that is already effectively the standard defining “drunk.” This is not an exaggeration. Any driver under the age of 21 – the legal age for drinking alcohol, at all – who is found to be driving with any trace of alcohol in his system, is guilty of “drunk” driving under “zero tolerance” laws.
For those over 21, the standard is nearly as harsh. Many states presume “drunkenness” if the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.05 – which can be reached after having had almost nothing to drink. To describe it as “drunk” is to cheapen the meaning of the word – as by calling someone a “racist” because they question Leftist victimology politics. But it does serve the purpose of ensnaring more “drunks” and thereby, more money for the courts and the insurance mafia. It also creates a kind of hysteria – that “drunks” abound. Of a piece with the recent hysteria about sickness abounding.
Something must be done about it.
And so it is.
Some will say: What’s the problem? No one should be drinking and driving. This will not affect people who don’t drink and drive! Well, they’re wrong about the latter. Everyone – including those who never drink at all – who buys a 2026 model year car will pay for the technology – which the car companies aren’t putting in the cars for free.
And they will pay again, when it glitches – and the “service alcohol sensor” light comes on. The system will be part of the federally required suite of “safety” systems, like the air bags – and that means your car will not pass the safety inspection required in most states to lawfully drive it on the government’s roads. You will have to pay to get the system fixed – whatever it costs – if you want to continue driving the car.
And we’ll all be paying more for insurance, too. For the same reason we’re paying more to “cover” air bag-equipped cars, even f we never wreck ours. Other do – and will – and someone’s going to pay for that. And for this, as well.
But those are superficial filchings compared with what it will cost us – in principle. This business establishes one that says drivers will be controlled by their cars, as opposed to the other way around. You will be presumed incompetent, reckless – illegal, at least.
If your car thinks you are “drunk” and prevents you from driving on that basis, then why not on other basis? As for example driving “too fast”? Maneuvering too “aggressively”? These are all things a modern car can sense, too. And if it is programmed to, it can shut itself down just as easily as it can turn itself off if it decides you are too “drunk” to drive.
It makes one not want to bother with driving, doesn’t it?
Of course, that is just the point. One that enough people will hopefully come to understand while there is still time. Hang on to what you’ve got. Because you don’t want what’s coming.
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