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A breath of fresh air in fight against DUI?

There are 23 comments on the The Morning Call story from May 16, 2008, titled A breath of fresh air in fight against DUI?. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

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Joey D

United States

#1 May 16, 2008
I am so glad this is happening, sad though it took a teen to get the bill written. as far as the young man against the bill, james weiss, my brother was hit by a drunk driver 20 years ago this June. He still cannot walk, work and barely able to speak. You are too young to know what "one mistake" does to a family.
''I think the cost for someone who made one mistake, both financially and emotionally is too high,'' Weiss said. LOL Are you kidding me lol ? Try thinking about looking at a loved one everyday still alive but not the same for years after bcse a fool drove drunk. I pray you never are in that situation.
Thank you Brad for yr hard work!
Anonymous

Allentown, PA

#2 May 16, 2008
Anyone convicted of DUI should lose their license, period.
are you serious

Philadelphia, PA

#3 May 16, 2008
'One Mistake". One choice to drive a vehicle while drunk-one choice to kill someone- to deprive a family of their loved one. To forever change a family.
''I think the cost for someone who made one mistake, both financially and emotionally is too high,'' Weiss said.
Are you kididng me?
.....WHat about the emotionally high cost ....to the victim and victims family.
James you have a brother. Pray that you never have to experience something like this, but keep your stupid comments to yoursef.
pass the bottle

Allentown, PA

#4 May 16, 2008
right kiddies... wait until most of you are going to your proms and ect., and we will see how hany do-gooders are left in your group........ it makes for the feel good BS to help you get into college for your resumes.
paul s

King Of Prussia, PA

#5 May 16, 2008
What this article doesnt tell you about the ignition interlock system is you have to blow into it every 10 to 20 minutes while driving after the car is started. It also doesnt tell you that you get 3 violations per month, meaning if you blow into the device and you are over the limit set you are in violation. If you use all 3 violations in a month you have to pay $40 to get the device reset, if you fail to do that in 5 days you are locked out of your car. The legal limit is .08 in PA, but your device is set at .02. There is no excuse for driving drunk, but the DUI law has changed 20 times in 10 years and the results are always the same. The amount of DUI related accidents and deaths always stays the same.
Get it over with

Lehighton, PA

#6 May 16, 2008
Make it standard equipment in all cars, trucks and motorcycles . . . for everybody. It is really safety equipment like airbags. End of the DUI problem.
Ros

Allentown, PA

#7 May 16, 2008
paul s wrote:
What this article doesnt tell you about the ignition interlock system is you have to blow into it every 10 to 20 minutes while driving after the car is started. It also doesnt tell you that you get 3 violations per month, meaning if you blow into the device and you are over the limit set you are in violation. If you use all 3 violations in a month you have to pay $40 to get the device reset, if you fail to do that in 5 days you are locked out of your car. The legal limit is .08 in PA, but your device is set at .02. There is no excuse for driving drunk, but the DUI law has changed 20 times in 10 years and the results are always the same. The amount of DUI related accidents and deaths always stays the same.
Paul--you hit all most of my thoughts directly on the head. A friend of mine had this in their car for a while. I felt that it was more dangerous to ride with them while it was in there because it does go off randomly while driving and unfortunately you are not always in a place where you can easily pull over to safely "blow" into this thing. Believe me you need to be in a stopped positiong to try this, as you have to blow very hard for about 5 seconds and can become not only winded, but very distracted. And since you only have a certain time period to blow into it when it goes off, you sometimes have no choice. I know that we have almost crashed the car several times while my friend was trying to avoid a "violation" for not blowing into the thing on time. It is very sensitive and even car air freshners will set the thing off. My friend always utilized mouth wash, but couldn't while this thing was in teh car because the one time they tried blowing into it after using the mouth wash, they failed and the car wouldn't stop. When they called the interlock company for a report of the reading, they were told it was a 0.79!
The Star Chamber

Highland, NY

#8 May 16, 2008
Oh the data, how can we manipulate it and make this issue seem cut and dried. First give a few heart wrenching stories about drunk drivers and simply gloss over the rest of the data. Less than 1% of those charged with DUI are involved in a crash but lets paint everyone in the same picture, oh they are all so bad, some drank 2 beers and drove home, lock them up, denigrate their names in the paper, fine them big time, you vil obey zie authority. Yes people who are truly impaired should be fined but as always the do gooders want to lock up everyone even if they cause no harm, oh I can hear them now, but you could have you could have. Then lets lock up everyone with a newspaper as I am sure many arsons are started with newspaper so anyone caught with one should automatically be arrested because they could have started a fire, anyone with a gun should be arrested for murder because they could have they could have. As always the government takes an issue or problem designs a solution and not being happy with a little control they keep tightening the rules and the coffers are filling up big time and the judges get to pound their KingKong chests and sentence someone to time behind bars when they caused no damage, hurt no one but I know they could have they could have, well in that case lets simply lock up everyone in the country because you know they could have they could have done something wrong, even if they didn't.
Open Mind

Roseland, NJ

#9 May 16, 2008
Get it over with wrote:
Make it standard equipment in all cars, trucks and motorcycles ... for everybody. It is really safety equipment like airbags. End of the DUI problem.
Sure, and in this economy just add another 2-3k to the cost of a car. Even though I dont drink, I deserve to get punished.
paul s

King Of Prussia, PA

#10 May 16, 2008
Ros wrote:
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Paul--you hit all most of my thoughts directly on the head. A friend of mine had this in their car for a while. I felt that it was more dangerous to ride with them while it was in there because it does go off randomly while driving and unfortunately you are not always in a place where you can easily pull over to safely "blow" into this thing. Believe me you need to be in a stopped positiong to try this, as you have to blow very hard for about 5 seconds and can become not only winded, but very distracted. And since you only have a certain time period to blow into it when it goes off, you sometimes have no choice. I know that we have almost crashed the car several times while my friend was trying to avoid a "violation" for not blowing into the thing on time. It is very sensitive and even car air freshners will set the thing off. My friend always utilized mouth wash, but couldn't while this thing was in teh car because the one time they tried blowing into it after using the mouth wash, they failed and the car wouldn't stop. When they called the interlock company for a report of the reading, they were told it was a 0.79!
I currently have the device in my car, and I have 2 DUIs which are 9 years apart. No device or punishment is going to stop drunk driving.You have to make that choice for yourself, no court imposed punishment will make it for you. Blowing into this machine 35-40 times a day doesnt prevent me from getting into someone elses car and driving drunk, the fact that I could injure myself or another person does. DUIs are issued by your BAC not your tollerance. Both of my DUIs were at .1, which is about 4 beers, 9 years apart and no accidents.
Sweet

Philadelphia, PA

#11 May 16, 2008
I would have loved to have one of these available in highschool... I can see it now, buddy rolls up to a party and everyone gets in line to see how high they can blow. This could truely be the life of the party and encoursge drinking. "I bet you 5 bucks I can blow a .23 by the end of the night".
Lowee Gee

AOL

#12 May 16, 2008
Paul Clymer is a radical religious zealot. I voted for him and I regret that decision. He wants to lower the blood alcohol limit to .025. That's about one beer. He also wants to have those devices installed in EVERY car. He's literally crazy about this!!

We don't want drunks driving and the state should not contribute to or benefit from it. If Paul Clymer really wants to do something, get Pennsylvania out of the booze business. The state should lead by example. But no, it wants to continue to profit from the sale of booze and then profit from the tax and fines the consumption generates. It's like a drug dealer arresting his drug addicted customers and then selling them drugs again. Pennsylvania is addicted to this money train and apparently does not want it to end.
i know him

Levittown, PA

#13 May 16, 2008
i think what Brad did was so great i know how hard he worked on this and how hard he works in school. Brad always does whats right.
Um no

Florham Park, NJ

#14 May 16, 2008
Get it over with wrote:
Make it standard equipment in all cars, trucks and motorcycles ... for everybody. It is really safety equipment like airbags. End of the DUI problem.
Um no.
Jason

Philadelphia, PA

#15 May 16, 2008
The state of Pennsylvania already mandates that repeat DUI offenders install the Breathalyzer ignition lock device in their vehicle. Paul Clymer wrote this bill not to protect the public, but rather to reward a vendor. In the coming months we expect executives from National Interlock Service to contribute generously to Clymer and the state Republican Committee. This is pay-to-play Harrisburg style.
Sneekie Pete

United States

#16 May 17, 2008
pass the bottle wrote:
right kiddies... wait until most of you are going to your proms and ect., and we will see how hany do-gooders are left in your group........ it makes for the feel good BS to help you get into college for your resumes.
I agree, teen death season is just around the corner. Kids, don't try making decisions for adults. Give me your opinion when you are 18, otherwise keep your mouths shut!
Sneekie Pete

United States

#17 May 17, 2008
i know him wrote:
i think what Brad did was so great i know how hard he worked on this and how hard he works in school. Brad always does whats right.
Brad needs to mind his own business and go out and play ball like a regular kid. No one likes a busybody little scamp.
Sneekie Pete

United States

#18 May 17, 2008
The Star Chamber wrote:
Oh the data, how can we manipulate it and make this issue seem cut and dried. First give a few heart wrenching stories about drunk drivers and simply gloss over the rest of the data. Less than 1% of those charged with DUI are involved in a crash but lets paint everyone in the same picture, oh they are all so bad, some drank 2 beers and drove home, lock them up, denigrate their names in the paper, fine them big time, you vil obey zie authority. Yes people who are truly impaired should be fined but as always the do gooders want to lock up everyone even if they cause no harm, oh I can hear them now, but you could have you could have. Then lets lock up everyone with a newspaper as I am sure many arsons are started with newspaper so anyone caught with one should automatically be arrested because they could have started a fire, anyone with a gun should be arrested for murder because they could have they could have. As always the government takes an issue or problem designs a solution and not being happy with a little control they keep tightening the rules and the coffers are filling up big time and the judges get to pound their KingKong chests and sentence someone to time behind bars when they caused no damage, hurt no one but I know they could have they could have, well in that case lets simply lock up everyone in the country because you know they could have they could have done something wrong, even if they didn't.
It is the typical Nanny state mentality. One beer at Brew Works will throw you over the limit. Those harpies at MADD are as bad as any other lobbyist group, and don't get me started on their brainwashed spawn over at SADD...
Sneekie Pete

United States

#19 May 17, 2008
Oh and how ironic is this? While reading this story, the sidebar has an ad for MetroMix (Morning Call's lame answer to Pulse Weekly), advertising a search for dive bars and wine bars. It says search for "Your happy hour," and shows a bubbling glass of beer. Too funny!
Brett Heffner

United States

#20 May 17, 2008
Clymer had the moment custom-made---a constiutent coming of age who had been hurt by a DUI, which is unfortunate, but not the way to rectify the situation---but the Republican House leadership gave him the power to cherry-pick the opportunity for his own gain! Why do you think that he had the eastern PA hearing where HE wanted it---not in Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley, Wilkes-Barre, or Scranton?

It was in his district for his own co-sponsored draconian anti-pleasure bill because of how long he had been Chairman of the House State Government Committee---undone only because Dennis O'Brien beat John Perzel to the Speaker's chair with Democratic help. The Morning Call account shows how one-sided the hearing setup was. I'd like to see the minutes and believe that my hypothesis would be verified by them.

I've experienced my share and had a DUI, but have matured and learned where to draw the line for my own good as well as that of others. Everyone who wasn't had a DUI has a relative or friend who was! Why should such a Draconian law apply to ALL DUI's? Too many indigent Pennsylvanians might never drive again as a result if this becomes yet another of a deluge of unfair laws---or be set up to be in and out of jail the rest of their lives not driving drunk, but driving period to get to work!

Let's not let the "law-and-order" mongers get their way again in a way that really matters to too many Pennsylvanians without a fight!---BDH

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