Archive for October, 2011

Bad Results, What’s New?

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

When an individual is behind the wheel of a motor vehicle they have one true purpose when dealing with driving, going from one point to the next to carry out their tasks and back to the point of origin. So when a person drives they would like to experience as little technical difficulties with the trip as possible. However, from car problems to the external environment a trip can never be guaranteed to go smoothly. Yet, when problems do arise in any form we depend on someone or something that we trust. When we are accused of drinking and driving and participate in field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer examination, we should trust the breathalyzer results, right?

Something that has given people trouble not only in the past, but is still continually causing uproar of issues from not only individuals in Kansas, but also apparently all across the nation is the infamous breathalyzer. The Intoxilyzer 8000 is a breathalyzer machine, which is commonly used all over the nation when field sobriety tests are administered to drivers.

Recently, a news report has stated that in 2006 alone thousands of individuals in the state of Kansas were given false breath results, which lead to hundreds of convictions, hefty fines, and even jail time for some. In Kansas alone, there are 231 machines that were in use and 40% of those falsified results. With so many instances occurring in one state alone many would have to think what about the rest of the country.

Many studies have been done to actually get a yes or a no as to whether or not breathalyzers should even be used when the sobriety tests are given. So many issues currently exist not only with the Intoxilyzer 8000, but various breathalyzer products that are found small and large in many law enforcement agencies.

Inevitably, a reform must be met so that innocent individuals are not constantly being convicted of such crimes when try perpetrators of the crime continue to drink and drive on a daily basis without any remorse, or punishment. If this continues to be done and dealt with many will become angry, upset, and eventually fed up with the law enforcement equipment, and soon all trust will be lost with the officers of the law out there who are suppose to be defending our homes and communities of criminals, not innocent citizens.

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