Thursday, June 10, 2010

Blown Breathalyzer Testing

Breathalyzer testing used in and around Washington D.C. has resulted in approximately 400 Driving While Intoxicated convictions since late 2008 based on faulty technology according to a report at the Washington Post.  Quite a few of these drivers went to jail.  According to the Post article these Breathalyzer machines often registered inaccurate readings 20% higher than appropriate. 

As I noted in a post recently there is a problem with basing convictions for traffic violations--like speeding, on police officer testimony, only. is reporting on a bipartisan legislative effort to reverse an Ohio Supreme Court decision that held a police officer's testimony alone is adequate to convict a driver of speeding. 

The lesson behind these reports is:  when in legal peril, . . . get a lawyer. 

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