Not good enough for medical diagnosis/select treatment but somehow good enough to throw people in jail.
> Chemicals, including the ethanol in alcoholic drinks, absorb light to varying degrees.
I’d say they bend/refract light.
Wow..... this man was exonerated. Is the NYT pulling a fast one on me? Is this article not the whole story?
If you think it's unlikely that people could function even close to normally at that blood alcohol level, let me assure you, it is possible, and there are more high-functioning alcoholics out there than you think.
In US breath analyzer, lie detectors, police officer's sworn statement have proven many times to be very unreliable.
And yet they are trusted again and again.
Interestingly, Police cannot demand a road-side breath test without cause.
Almost every time I have done the breath test (ten times or so) it has been in checkpoint tests where a dozen officers breath test every single driver during a few hours.
This reddit comment sums things up reasonably well:
In some countries the police is allowed to conduct road-side tests without cause.
I'm not saying this is fair or in the spirit of the law, but it's how they do this, and they're random enough.
So in court is this where you request calibration records and have your case thrown out? This was a tactic to also have speeding tickets thrown out- radar gun calibration records not kept or not done correctly.
Here in New York there’s a road in Brooklyn called “Ocean Parkway”, which has grown notorious for crashes small and large. In recent years it’s been studded with speed cameras, which collectively have reduced the speed on this wide 6-lane thoroughfare to something very close to the prescribed 25 mph. Speed cameras really do work.
You know what’s even funnier? Those who are unaware of the cameras, or don’t care about those robofines, tend to look like complete idiots when they speed and swerve around rows and rows of cars driving nicely and carefully at 25 mph.
Traffic enforcement should only be about safety and not revenue. But at as we saw red light cameras, cities places them at lights with the most traffic and not the most dangerous intersections. They lowered the yellow light times and in some cities it was so low that you couldn’t safely stop the car in time. Cities always try to skirt the rules to make more money and traffic court is a good example. Government shouldn’t be able to deprive people of property (money) without a jury trial.
You're acting like you have no choice but to speed, but you do have a choice, you always can decide to go the speed limit.
So when the court hears someone complaining about calibration or whatever, >99% of the time it's just trying to weasel out of a ticket on some technicality, and the person was legitimately speeding. The court would have to be stupid to fall for this ploy. Remember, the standard for traffic court violations is not "beyond a reasonable doubt", it's simple preponderance of evidence.
The fact is, if you are driving, you should drink 0 (zero) alcohol. Arguing over the exact blood-fraction you can get away with, is missing the point.
Same goes for a lot of medicines people take. Some medicines will specifically tell you not to drive, and other medicines may react with other medicines to make a driver dangerous (and the driver may not even know it).
I have a better solution: reduce the need for people to drive themselves around as much as possible (public transport).
Especially for a man who has more bodyweight, having a small amount of alcohol with food over a dinner or something should not be an issue and not cause significant impairment.
Admittedly a lot of people take this standard and don’t realize their drinking is actually in excess, especially with wine or stronger beers. There are those toy breathalyzers which you can buy from amazon and test it yourself, but most people don’t and I’m sure the calibration on those is far worse than the police ones.