Safe & Sober Transport in EuropeIt comes from the Swedish socialist Anna 'piss' Hedh. She is one of those politicians that has broad public experience that qualifies her to do the job,
Opening Reception, March 29 at 18:00
Two-year social studies programme at Hvitfeldska upper secondary school (1983-1985). Nursing course, health care administration in Gothenburg (1986). Four semesters' university studies, youth recreation leader (1987-1989). Coordinator, association of local authorities, social services (1998). Care assistant (since 1986). Children's nurse (1987). Catering assistant (1987-1989). Youth hostel receptionist (1988). Receptionist at driving school (1989-1991). Youth recreation leader (1989-1991). Manager of youth recreation centre (1992-1997); recreational assistant (1997-1999); treatment assistant (1993-1995). Policy advisor, Kalmar (1999-2002).Now anything coming from the Swedes needs to be looked at closely, they have an instinct, dare I say 'Methodical' approach to curtailing civil liberties.
So what is it all about. It is about the compulsory fiitting of breathalisers to the private car, breathalisers which are attached to the ignition, thus ensuring that there cannot be drink drivers, and no doubt saving millions of children and kittens from horrible, unecessary deaths. Volvo trucks (who are speaking at the event), fit them to a fair proportion of their trucks and that is fine. If operators of truck fleets or even buses wish to introduce them, no problem. But is the move to make them compulsory that grates.
It is being driven by the MHF -Swedish Abstaining Motorists’ Association (one wonders if they abstain from anything else?). Their stated aim is,
We are the organisation in Sweden that takes a broad view of alcolocks. MHF is pushing for these devices to be installed in all vehicles, quite simply because it saves lives.The other people behind this project are the European Saftey Treansport Council, the ETSC. Actually they are running the show, as the fact that if you want to go to their cocktail party (sorry safety exhibition) you have to write to them,
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ETSC's work is financed by its members, through projects co-funded by the European Commission, and private sector sponsorship.Back in 2000 the EU started looking into these alcohol driving disablers, and they have been used to recidivist drink drivers with some sucess in Australia and Canada. In these limitedcases than I can see their use. But that is not what is going n here. What we can see is a concerted effport to make them compulsory in every vehichle in Europe.
Not obnly would the cost be prohibitive (apptroximate £1000 per annum per car) the control aspects would be scary.
Looking at the study to make the Alcolock effective would mean a whole series of checking and control systems that would be utterly disproportionate. Anti tampering would need breath recognition systems, data retention, and repeated multiple tests during the drive,
"Many alcohol interlock devices require repeated breath tests - ‘running re-tests’ - at a random interval after the vehicle has been successfully started. The purpose of these ‘running re-tests’ is actually threefold: (1) to prevent the possibility of a bystander providing an alcohol-free breath sample that would allow a driver with a high BAC to operate the vehicle; (2) to detect drivers whose BAC is still in the ascending phase and has risen beyond the set point after the vehicle was originally started; and (3) to prevent drivers from leaving the vehicle idling while they drinkThey do recognise certain problems with fitting the device on the vehichles of recidivist drink drivers,
Over half of the interlock group had at least two cars available. When there was another vehicle in the family, there was a tendency for fewer trips in the interlock vehicleNo shit. Thus the solution is to make them compulsory.
There are some interesting drivers of drink driving according to the study. The most common is recognising that you have a drink problem.
• being single;Then,
• having children.Oh, and I do hope that everybody at the event remembers not to drive home after the cocktails.email to Ilyas.Daoud@etsc.eu by March 18. The ETSC is, you will not be surprised to note, funded by industry (Volvo, Toyota etc) and the EU,