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I have a problem with the law against drunk driving in California.
The law specifies a legal limit of
drunkenness, and provides for serious penalties and consequences for
exceeding that limit. My concern is that
it is very difficult to measure levels of intoxication, requiring
complex chemical analysis which is not generally available to people as
they assess their own driving ability.
This difficulty in determining the legality
of my own actions has led to my examination of the history of secret laws.
After lengthy discussions with some experts in the field, I decided that I needed to experience 0.08 BAC, so that I would have, at the very least, a physical reference point to judge my future blood alcohol-related decisions.
Having been completely disappointed by the margin of error on cheap blood alcohol electronics, I wrote to my local police station for assistance. I wanted to borrow one of their machines.
I received no reply.
"In the Criminal Law, although ignorance may not go to guilt, it can be a consideration in sentence, particularly where the law is unclear or the defendant sought advice from law enforcement or regulatory officials" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignorantia_juris_non_excusat)
Eventually, I splurged on a breathalyzer myself. I guess I'll keep it in the glove compartment of my car, but first, I had a party, and invited everyone to share their drunk number.
Please continue reading about the party on page two of breathalyzer testing. It is written up in the usual Cockeyed.com Science Club manner, but I thought I should include this introduction separately, because I am serious about this flaw in the DUI law.
Here are some anticipated questions:
Imagine if cars did not have speedometers,
but speeding laws were still enforced with $2,000 police radar guns. It
would be really difficult to tell how fast you were going, particularly
(as is the case with blood alcohol levels), you had never experienced
having your speed tested, nor had any real experience with what a
particular speed (for example 55 mph) feels like. Perhaps, when issuing
your ticket, the officer would pooh-pooh your objections with a chart, illustrating
that as you drive, you should simply calculate your speed based on the
distance you have traveled divided by the time you have spent
Q. Isn't it better to just call a cab and play
Q. I like your analogies, can you think of
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