Little hasn’t been said about the Democrats’ new so-called “infrastructure” bill. The 2700-page measure is chock-full of radical initiatives that seek to control the private lives of American citizens. More and more we hear about what the Democrats are trying to get away with by the passage of this bill.
But the latest discovery really takes the cake…
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act would require all new automobiles to install breathalyzers or other alcohol monitors.
The $1.2 trillion, 2,700-page omnibus — supported by a number of Republicans and Democrats in the Senate as a compromise on President Joe Biden’s $2.7 trillion American Jobs Plan — includes a provision for “Advanced Drunk and Impaired Driving Prevention Technology.”
The system required under the legislation could passively monitor the performance of a driver of a motor vehicle to accurately identify whether that driver may be impaired” and “prevent or limit motor vehicle operation if an impairment is detected.” Alternatively, it could “passively and accurately detect” whether the blood alcohol concentration of a driver exceeds the legal limit, then “prevent or limit motor vehicle operation if a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit is detected.
To allow “sufficient time for manufacturer compliance,” the mandate would enter into effect within either two or three years.
As one Republican aide told The Washington Free Beacon, “it certainly looks like this opens the door for mandatory breathalyzers in every new car.”
The outlet also noted that several lobbying groups — including Mothers Against Drunk Driving — have been lobbying heavily for the installation of breathalyzers in new vehicles:
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act has come under heavy scrutiny for granting favors to special interest groups and particular agencies favored by Senate negotiators. For instance, the legislation grants $1 billion to the Appalachian Regional Commission — an “economic development partnership agency of the federal government and 13 state governments” led by Gayle Conelly Manchin, the wife of Sen. Joe Manchin.
The legislation is presently under debate in the Senate, with some lawmakers desiring a vote as soon as Thursday evening.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney