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Breath Test..

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Teledude, 17 May 2006.

  1. Teledude

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    Not wanting a thread about child killers etc just a quick question :)

    Do police need to be in uniform to carry out a road side breath test?
     
  2. chrislusty

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    Not sure, but if you refuse a breath test you get a ban.
     
  3. G.O.A.T

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    In theory you should never be in the posistion to need to know this.
     
  4. Teledude

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    Thanks for the random replys :p
     
  5. Sp00n

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    In theory you should never be in the position to get pulled over... but it happens.

    I'm pretty sure any copper can give you a breath test but they have to have good reason to do so.
     
  6. [TW]Fox

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    Why not? It is often routine to breath test everyone involved in an RTA, even non-fault drivers.
     
  7. G.O.A.T

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    Well if you drink enough you probably can't tell the difference.
     
  8. needmorespeed

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    no you dont you get arrested and taken to the station for a blood or urine test :)
     
  9. chrislusty

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    A friend of mine just got a 12month ban for refusing to give another breath test, he had giving four, one was borderline, the other three didnt register.

    He refused a breath test at the station, and he was charged for not doing the test.
     
  10. stoofa

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    Which you can also refuse.
     
  11. happytechie

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    and the penalty for refusing to perfomr a blood test is the same as that for DD iirc. the roadside test is only used as an indicator I believe and it's the blood test (which they can back track in time to test how drunk you were 3 hours ago etc) which is used in court.

    Paul
     
  12. Freefaller

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    I was stopped about 5 years ago - just a random check, this was on the way home from a dropzone and I did have a couple of people in my car who had been drinking. They felt it best to test me just to be safe, obviously I was fine, as was my driving. They were very professional and nice about it - which is no surprise, they also let me know of a speed trap they had setup further down the road which was nice of them. :)

    They were in uniform however. I'm sure an undercover traffic cop car has every right to do a breath test, but I don't think there would be many undercover cops bothering to do that sort of thing? A lot of unmarked cars are driven by uniformed officers.
     
  13. stoofa

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    However as I feel that anybody who is over the alcohol limit and behind the wheel of a car should instantly have their license taken away and never returned and a few months at Her Majesty's pleasure I'm all for cops uniformed or not being able to carry out the tests - and also to be able to continue with the random tests.
     
  14. Freefaller

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    Agreed. I *hate* drink driving. There is just no excuse for it at all.