Originally Posted by hiker275
1st Amendment) Congress shall make no law .... abridging the freedom of speech
4th Amendment) The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
I seldom drink, and when I do it's always at home. So a DUI isn't of concern to me, but I want one of these apps. While in most respects I am quite liberal/progressive, I strongly object to my constitutional rights being eroded and having big brother scrutinize me more & more every day.
Sacrifice your freedom for security and soon you will have neither.
Agreed. As others have pointed out, there *are* legitimate reasons for non drinkers to use the apps. Several suggestions (alternative or concurrent) for the senators and others who are rightly concerned about DUI:
1. Regulate alcohol consumption (unlike the first amendment, it's not constitutionally protected), i.e. at bars. As other posters have suggested, you could set-up mandatory DUI checks on the doorsteps of bars.
2. Regulate alcohol sales (probably not popular with the alcohol companies)
3. Require sobriety-check devices to be built into cars.
4. Stiffen penalties for DUI - lifetime *drinking* bans and mandatory jail terms.
Excessive? Tell that to the parent of a kid killed by a drunk driver. If, in spite of the significant numbers of people killed by drunk drivers, any of these measures seem too harsh, then America is clearly not ready to get serious about DUI.
Any of these measures will save FAR more lives than banning apps that share information that the state is apparently required to make public, and without infringing on anyone's pesky constitutional rights. I hope the senators are readying their letters to beer and alcohol companies, bar trade associations, state law enforcement and legislatures, and automobile manufacturers.