"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

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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