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Police to breath-test every driver they stop

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posted on Jul, 17 2007 @ 02:02 PM
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Police to breath-test every driver they stop


news.scotsman.com

ALL motorists stopped by police for minor offences will be breathalysed as part of Scottish police forces' summer road-safety campaign.

Normally, only those involved in an accident or believed to have been drinking face an automatic breath test. But for the next two weeks, officers have been asked to check routinely the alcohol levels of motorists pulled over for speeding, not wearing a seat belt, or even having a faulty headlight.

John Vine, Tayside's Chief Constable and chairman of the road policing unit of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS), said the campaign...
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[edit on 17-7-2007 by UM_Gazz]




posted on Jul, 17 2007 @ 02:02 PM
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"There is still a persistent minority of drivers who believe they can have a few drinks and be fit to drive," he said.


So because of a minority of drives, all other drivers will be tested?
this does not seem proper to me.
I have often wondered why Bars/Pubs have parking lots when they don't want you to drink and drive


news.scotsman.com
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posted on Jul, 17 2007 @ 02:21 PM
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Originally posted by Sauron
So because of a minority of drives, all other drivers will be tested?
this does not seem proper to me.
I have often wondered why Bars/Pubs have parking lots when they don't want you to drink and drive



Whilst a minority, it is a significant minority and is a still a major problem. Especially over the Summer or the Holidays.

As for the car parks question. Well, some people are responsible and don't drink, as they are the DES. Other people, like families (myself included), might go to the pub for lunch and not drink. People don't just go to Pubs to get pissed.


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posted on Jul, 18 2007 @ 12:13 PM
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That's a sketchy one...

Clearly a presumption of guilt... guilty until proven innocent.

The argument should be if speeding or not wearing your seatbelt is probable cause which warrants further investigation. Without any other indicators of intoxication, such as swerving or slurred speech, can these infractions justify the invasion of privacy?

A headlight out however... that's too far. That would be right up there with pulling people over to applaud their good driving, giving them a coupon for free iced cream (this was done here in Kansas City a few years ago), and then making them take a breath test.



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