Op-Ed Draft — iamsleepy

Millions of drivers are pulled over and are bombarded with tests such as: Standing on one foot, walking from toe to toe and the machine that cant be trusted – The Breathalyzer. The Breathalyzer, most widely used forensic tools in law enforcement, generate numbers that can guarantee a driver’s punishment. In most states, if you refuse the test, you lose your license. Why should we trust the machine that put hundreds of “drunk” drivers behind bars? We shouldn’t, studies show that in Massachusetts and New Jersey in the past year judges had thrown out more than 30,000 breath test, due to the human errors.

Thousands of breath tests also have been invalidated in recent years. The breath test in many cases could have been calibrated incorrectly giving the result 20-40% more than the actual result. Coders had found many mistakes in the code in the system. Many states picked machines that experts didn’t trust and hope for something else with high accuracy.

Some veterans in the industry believe that the tests should not be a factor of a person’s guilt. Yet, if a person don’t think the test, they will have their license confiscated and revoked. The legal systems reliance on the test is insane. Many people are wrongly accused of drunk driving based on debatable evidence. People who were wrongly convicted were never notified that their cases were built on the inaccurate machines/tests.

The test is based off a machine that could have a error and could wrongly put innocent people to jail. People aren’t perfect, same with machines, people make the machines and could always a have small error. I don’t think there is going to be a reliable machine/source to arrest drunk drivers in the near future. The best way to prevent people from taking the test is to not drink and drive.

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