"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)

DUI in action

Per arrival of the holiday season – drinking season, for a lot of people – a recommend for reading – a nicely-focused and detailed piece in the Idaho Statesman following a DUI-tasked state trooper, as he watches for and eventually arrests a string of drunk drivers.

Several points jump out among the details. One is the sheer level of drunkenness: Assuming the machine readings were right, these people ranged between .12 and .20 blood alcohol level. That isn’t a little tipsy: That is seriously, raging blotto. And while some acknowledge that situation (one, who said “I can’t stop drinking – it makes everything go away”, said he’d probably just had 36 cans of beer to drink) another (who was upward of .12) remarked, “I don’t feel drunk.” Probably didn’t feel much at all . . .

A hat tip for the pointer by Dennis Mansfield, whose own blog entry on the subject also is worth reading.

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