Vice Squad
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
Car Breathalyzer Use Expanding

Today's news is out of Britain, which will offer convicted drink-drivers a chance to get their licenses back more quickly if they agree to have the breathalyzer installed. The car won't start if the test is not passed, and further tests while driving also have to be passed for the car to keep going. Yes, your sober buddy in the passenger side could take all of the tests for you, but that is cumbersome and he probably wouldn't want to, anyway.

In my posts on Overlawyered two weeks ago calling for higher alcohol taxes, I mentioned that the case for such taxes would be weakened if we found more targeted approaches to dealing with the external costs of drinking. Car breathalyzers are one possible case in point.

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