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N.J. Officers Now Required to Explain DUI Breath Test In Driver's Language

July 14, 2010  | 

A state Supreme Court ruling requires New Jersey law enforcement officers to explain to alleged drunk drivers in a language they speak or understand that they are legally required to take a Breathalyzer test, NJ.com reports.

The 4-3 ruling stems from the case of German Marquez, who was charged with drunk driving after he rear-ended another vehicle on Sept. 20, 2007.

The state has recorded the instructions in 10 languages—Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Portuguese, and Spanish—and posted the recordings on a state website, so police can play them for suspects before breath tests.

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Tags: Drunk Driving


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Morning Eagle @ 7/15/2010 3:55 PM

How long will it take for this ludicrous ruling to spread to every other state now that this precedent has been set? It seems obvious the four "justices" that approved this new requirement have never had to deal with an intoxicated subject on the street at the time of apprehension. How far as a country are we going to bend over trying to accommodate every little nuance and whine of those who break our laws when we try to take enforcement action then they accuse us of some how being discriminating because WE do not understand or speak THEIR language? If Marquez could not understand English how did he get a driver's license, or did he even have one? Sorry, maybe it is no longer a requirement to be able to take and pass a driving test administered in English. Spanish language highway signs are appearing now in many places across the country. At the rate we are trying to accommodate and not be offensive to ANYONE in the whole world, we will soon have to have road signs in every language and dialect on the face of the earth. Whatever happened to the concept that one is required to adhere to the laws of whatever jurisdiction or country they are in and that it is the responsibility of the individual to know and understand those laws? You know, kind of like "ignorance of the law is no excuse." Or has that idea been thrown out too? Or am I just to old fashioned, or perhaps too American? Lots of questions above but maybe some folks will notice and think about what is happening in our criminal justice system right under their noses. It has been badly flawed in many ways for decades but it is being broken down more everyday by decisions equally as brilliant as this one.

FireCop08 @ 7/16/2010 5:07 AM

This is absolutely ridiculous. I agree completely with Morning Eagle. We need to stop this beginning November 2010. Washington has flushed the toilet and we are circling the bowl.

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