The way the powerful chemical alcohol operates is to numb the senses. Drunks don't know that they are impaired.
Neilson Rizzuto probably didn't realize he shouldn't have gotten into his truck. Law enforcement assesses that he was intoxicated. As a result, 28 celebrating Mardi Gras have been injured, some critically. Here is the media coverage.
As some recall, before MADD, being drunk and even drunk driving were material for humor. Thanks to MADD, weaving, including on the road, isn't funny any more.
Yet, despite MADD, so much public information about alcohol and that a DUI defense can cost between $9,000 and $20,000, drunk driving remains a serious threat to life.
The solution, as with so many other social problems, could be technology. Made mandatory, like sophisticated emissions equipment.
When alcohol is detected, the vehicle won't be able to be turned on. Sure, the drunk can get a buddy to start the car.
But the system will be programmed to give the shut-down warning if alcohol is picked up on the driver during the ride. That warning would set off visual and audio external alarms alerting other drivers, pedestrians and law enforcement.
Anecdote: An insurance-company lawyer received his third DUI. He anticipated his employer had had it with him. He would likely lose his job. There would be a mandatory jail sentence. It was in his car that he shot himself to death.
No one in his recovery group missed the symbolism of that. Technology could have prevented even the first DUI.
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