Breath Test..

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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?
 
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G.O.A.T said:
In theory you should never be in the posistion to need to know this.

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.
 
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G.O.A.T said:
In theory you should never be in the posistion to need to know this.

Why not? It is often routine to breath test everyone involved in an RTA, even non-fault drivers.
 
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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.
 
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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
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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stoofa said:
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.

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