Which Are More Important: Breathalyzers or Slot Machines?

Posted by Lawrence Taylor on December 29th, 2008

I’m not sure if this is a sad commentary on our criminal justice system or on the values of society generally, but…the following is from a recent Washington Post comparison of Las Vegas slot machines and electronic voting machines.  I’ve taken the liberty of substituting breathalyzers for voting machines:


SLOT MACHINES:  State of Nevada has access to all software.  Illegal to use software that is not on file.

BREATHALYZERS:  Software is kept secret by manufacturers.  Neither the accused citizen nor the  government are permitted access.


SLOT MACHINES:   State gaming inspectors show up unannounced at casinos to compare computer chips with those on file .  If there is a discrepancy, the machine is shut down and investigated.

BREATHALYZERS:  Software is kept secret by manufacturers.  Neither the accused citizen nor the  government are permitted access.


SLOT MACHINES:  Manufacturers subjected to background checks.

BREATHALYZERS:  Manufacturers and manufacturing processes are not checked.


SLOT MACHINES:  By a public agency at arm’s length from manufacturers.  Public questions invited.

BREATHALYZERS:  Generic models are approved by state government, based upon manufacturer-supplied specifications but without software information.  Individual machines are not certified.  Public questions are irrelevant.


SLOT MACHINES:  Casino must contact the Gaming Control Board, which has investigators on call around the clock.  They can open up machines to inspect internal mechanisms and records of recent gambling outcomes.

BREATHALYZERS:  No governmental agency exists for independently regulating breathalyzers or handling disputes concerning  accuracy. 

I guess that tells us a lot about our priorities.

(Thanks to Andre.)

  • ruReadyMyFriend



    As you can see from the links below, statistics on DUI arrests, accidents, fatalities and what constitutes an impaired driver are all over the board. Groups that campaign against drunk driving such as MADD, SADD, DADD and RADD support their campaigns with statistics that make it look as though the problem has not gotten better even with increased punishments, lowered BAC levels and driver’s license consequences. Other groups, such as the National Motorists Association, have examined the statistics and found them skewed to fit MADD’s and other similar groups agenda.

  • joe

    When the citizenry turn their backs, the politicians and courts have no oversight. The media has failed to shine a light on this sad reality, and the courts seem unwilling to properly address this issue.

  • RichardAlan

    Reminds me of “Legal Fiction”
    fantasy make believe by the Government and MADD going after a driver that had a drink rather than a driver who drives drunk…!

    Not sure how accurate this definition is but have a look:

    Fascinating wonderland type of stuff. What happened to our Birth Rights and Sovereignty?

    Without those we have no constitutional rights?

    I’m a neophyte when it comes to the law, but I’ve spent the last 10 months studying everything about how? and why? regarding these bylaws and statutes.

    I’d love to become a paralegal and help. If any of you lawyers need help feel free to get a hold of me.

    I have 3 months and 3 days till I pay to get my class A and C License back for claiming my sovereignty, 4th and 5th Amendment rights during a “make believe” police stop for allegedly speeding. The truth was I was being profiled for being on the highway at night. I was going 46 in a 45 zone. The police magically lost the dash cam video during my trial and my case was dismissed. However I still lost my license for simply being accused of this “Police Fantasy”

    Total cost to me $100,000 in lost wages oportunities, Pension and benefits for the year of no work unable to run my business, and pay taxes.

    For claiming my rights?

    I hope my story and experience will help others.

    Knowledge is power, Wisdom is righteous.
    –Peace and wisdom my friends.