It is not surprising that every year doctors diagnose 1.4 million Americans with cancer. This is the the second leading cause of death next to heart disease. It should be surprising that there are also approximately 1.4 million DWI/DUI arrests (1 of every 139 license drivers) in the country a year. This is with 16,685 alcohol related fatalities in 2005. “Alcohol related” fatalities means at least one driver or non-occupant involved in the crash having a blood alcohol concentration of .01 grams per deciliter or higher. These figures include fatalities NOT caused by the presence of alcohol. Boiled down, NHTSA has led a colossal campaign against DWI/DUI. They arrest a disproportionate amount of people compared to the real threat of fatalities on the road. Alcohol related fatalities represent 1% of the drivers arrested. One does not need to be a genius to understand that this country has a problem. And, it’s not what concerns MADD. The field sobriety tests are a mechanism to convict people not test whether or not they are sober.
The standardized field sobriety tests are a witch-hunt law enforcement perpetrates on our own people. Even a recent 2006 NHTSA publication admits, “Road tests have long been considered the gold standard for measuring driving ability. They have widely-recognized limitations.” One would not know this visiting the courtrooms across America. This paper addresses one of the most common sense problems contributing to false convictions: the condition and age of the subject.
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