How far have we gone toward dismantling the Constitution in our quest to ensure that people accused of drunk driving are punished?
We've eviscerated the Fourth Amendment (right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures)…
We've eviscerated the Fifth Amendment ("right to remain silent")…
We've eviscerated science itself, in a fashion that would make a creationist blush.
And that's just what we'd done five years ago, when Lawrence Taylor* wrote The DUI Exception To The Constitution.
Now they're coming for the Sixth Amendment right to confront witnesses. Don't believe me? Consider that John Paul Stevens and David Souter, who joined a cast of liberals and conservatives to uphold the right to confront the people behind a breathalyzer test in a 5-4 decision, are already gone. Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor may not be so friendly to the rights of the accused. Especially when the accused are the target group of one of the most powerful lobbies in the United States. And in the lower courts, they're already whittling the Sixth Amendment away.
Use a designated driver tonight. It's the smart thing to do anyway, and you won't be giving them another excuse.
*(the attorney, not the football player)