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"Obviously, we do whatever we can do," Hill said somberly before Sunday's game at Paul Brown Stadium, alluding to the team's educational programs. "I don't know what more we can do. We're always examining and going over things."

Hill said the team could mandate that Cowboys players have electronic devices designed to immobilize vehicles when a driver is impaired. The device, SafeKey, includes a small fob that is attached to the key ring, which sends electronic signals to a complementary device that can prevent a vehicle from starting if a driver doesn't pass a test based on color-coded light emissions.

"We are considering that," Hill said.


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The sad news is that this device is not required on each and every vehicle.  If we can require air bags, why not something that would save so many lives?  

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The sad news is that this device is not required on each and every vehicle.  If we can require air bags, why not something that would save so many lives?  

A friend of mine has a court mandated immobilization device in their car. I took if for a spin last Thursday, just to see what it was like to drive with one. Maybe you get used to it after a while, but I've never been so distracted and anxious driving in my life. The GPS on the dash, the camera with four red lights trained on my face, and the beeping box made driving a very invasive experience. In 20-minutes, the box made me blow FOUR times.

The idea that these boxes would someday be required in all cars is horrifying. Not only did I find the system of flashing lights and beeps extremely distracting, but the thought that the state would be tracking, watching and listening to us (even more than it already does) is frightening.
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As with any other invention, I am sure there would be improvements.  I agree with your assessment of that device.  It would be very distracting and bothersome.

The device most commonly installed today links to the ignition, and requires the driver to pass a test before the vehicle can start.  In one instance, colored lights must be re-entered in the correct order, much like that childhood disk.  Difficult to do when sober , but nearly impossible when impaired.  


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In one instance, colored lights must be re-entered in the correct order, much like that childhood disk.  Difficult to do when sober , but nearly impossible when impaired.  

Sounds like one of those things that's EASIER to do when drunk... like bowling, darts, or billiards.

Although it would also prevent about 50% of the elderly from driving, too... so maybe it is worth looking into.


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The sad news is that this device is not required on each and every vehicle.  If we can require air bags, why not something that would save so many lives?  

A friend of mine has a court mandated immobilization device in their car. I took if for a spin last Thursday, just to see what it was like to drive with one. Maybe you get used to it after a while, but I've never been so distracted and anxious driving in my life. The GPS on the dash, the camera with four red lights trained on my face, and the beeping box made driving a very invasive experience. In 20-minutes, the box made me blow FOUR times.

The idea that these boxes would someday be required in all cars is horrifying. Not only did I find the system of flashing lights and beeps extremely distracting, but the thought that the state would be tracking, watching and listening to us (even more than it already does) is frightening.

+1. Some people seem to have no problem with the any extent of intrusion to civil liberties. The easy answer to the few irresponsible always seems to be to inconvenience or punish the vast majority.

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And the day my EMPLOYER mandates that I install such a device on my car is the day I start looking for a new employer.

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