Monthly Archives: November 2008
Zamboni Driver Charged with Drunk Driving
Kingsville, Ont. Nov 1 - A 34-year-old woman from Kingsville, Ont., has been charged with impaired driving — on a Zamboni.
Provincial police say an off-duty officer spotted the woman driving erratically on the ice resurfacer at Kingsville Arena on Thursday night. The driver was missing major spots on the ice and bumping into the boards.
Maybe it’s a trend. See my post two years ago, DUI on Ice, where a New Jersey judge threw out a Zamboni case, ruling that "four-ton ice rink-grooming machines aren’t motor vehicles because they aren’t useable on highways and can’t carry passengers". Don’t you just hate it when some common sense judge takes all the fun out of MADD’s hysteria?
I’ve posted repeatedly in the past about the continuing refusal of the manufacturers of various breath-testing machines to devulge the secret software used to run them. The readings of these devices are, of course, critical: tens of thousands of citizens continue to be accused and convicted based based upon them.
What are they hiding?
The courts in a number of states have ruled that the defense has a right to know whether the code — critical to the accuracy of the machines’ readings — is reliable and accurate. See Judge Orders Secrets of Breath Machine Revealed, Judge: Divulge Breathalyzer Code…or Else , Secret Breathalyzer Still Secret, Second Manufacturer Must Reveal Secrets. Yet, the corporations manufacturing these highly profitable machines refuse to comply. In only once case, where the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered the manufacturer of the Alcotest 7110 to turn over the code, experts found the software running the machine to be antiquated, unreliable and inaccurate. See Secret Breathalyzer Software Finally Revealed.
Judge: Prosecutors Must Get DUI Breath-Test Software Code