Archive for November, 2010

Coming To You Soon: Limitless Police Stops and Breath Tests

Friday, November 5th, 2010

How would you like to be stopped by the police anytime, anywhere, and tested on a breathalyzer — for no reason except that the cop felt like it? 

MADD Would Like to See Random Breath Tests for Drivers

Toronto, Canada.  Nov. 2 – 

And Murie may get it…

Murie has some big backers in the random breath testing debate.

Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has endorsed such a change in the law, echoing a June 2009 recommendation from the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights that Ottawa amend the criminal code to allow police across Canada to conduct random breath tests.

RBT would replace Canada’s current, 40-year-old way of doing things, where police can demand a breath test only if they have reason to suspect a driver is too drunk to drive.

Ottawa said it would talk to the provinces first, then consider the changes…

But RBT is a slippery slope for a “free and democratic country” such as Canada, said Nathalie Des Rosiers of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

Increasing police power to that point, she said, would send the truth north strong and free toward becoming a police state.

“It’s about giving the power to the police to arrest someone anywhere, anytime and subject them to a criminal investigation where they have to comply, even though there is no reasonable grounds that they’ve done anything wrong,” said Des Rosier.  

This is a logical progression in the long series of drunk driving laws and court decisions which have steadily eroded our Constitutional rights — here and, apparently, in Canada. Look for MADD USA to make random stops and breath tests their next legislative goal.



Videotaped Falsification of Breath Test Documents

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

In my last post I presented a videotape from breathalyzer expert Stephen F. Daniels showing the falsification of monthly breath machine reports in the Hillsborough County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office.  

The following is another videotape from Mr. Daniels, depicting officers falsely signing a document verifying compliance with breath test regulations before the test of an arrested suspect.  The regulation involves the requirement that the suspect must be kept under constant observation for a period of at least 20 minutes before the test is administered.  This is to ensure that the suspect has not burped, belched or regurgitated — which can tremendously increase a breath test reading; it takes up to 20 minutes for the "mouth alcohol" to be dissipated.

The videotape on YouTube:  Falsify Notary and Violate the 20-Minute Observation Period – Officer Cooper and Deputy Glover.   

As the video clearly shows, none of the officers signing the document (which was blank) under penalty of perjury observed the suspect for more than a few seconds, if at all.  This was later confirmed by a Florida court, which stated in its ruling in favor of the accused: "The lack of candid disclosure concerns this court.  The affirmation of Officer Cooper (DD9) of constant observation of the Petitioner from 5:58 am until 6:17 am is clearly not true…Officer Cooper failed to maintain observation of Petitioner and falsely states that he observed her when he did not."  

It should be understood that what happened on this videotape is not an isolated instance.  Cutting corners and falsifying documents in drunk driving cases is common in police agencies across the country.