Drunk Drivers

With the headlines screaming at us here in Anchorage about the repeat drunk driving offender who killed a young man near Potter’s Marsh and almost killed his companion as well – potentially leaving two children orphans – the great hue and cry over drunk driving has resumed. How do we stop repeat offenders short of sentencing them to life after the first offense (effective but some civil libertarian will probably have problems with that concept) or chopping off their arms so they can’t actually steer a car or even open the door without help (also something I imagine a civil libertarian will have problems with).

So how about this. All cars get retrofitted with a computer chip. Before you can drive, you have to breathe into the car radio or somewhere like that. If your breath is ok, the car will turn on. If not, the computer will disconnect the ignition… and then chop both your arms off.