Breathalyzer instructions in Spanish?

The state Supreme Court ruled today that breathalyzer instructions to suspected drunken drivers must be given in a language that the driver understands. In the case at hand, that means Spanish.

Not surprisingly, that ruling has brough forth the usual comments on our Web sites that people should learn English or go home.

Fine, but what’s the problem with police officers having a card in Spanish that infiorms a guy who can’t speak English that well what the requirements are in regard to taking the “breath test?”

In today’s climate, there are those poised to pounce on any opportunity to condemn when Hispanics are involved.  That is what is occurring here.

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About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

2 Responses to Breathalyzer instructions in Spanish?

  1. Tea Party voter says:

    Fred, if you take your logic further we next will have spainish road signs. What is wrong with English being required? My grandparents had to learn English. Are you saying the police officer hand the card to the defendant? WE also need cards in Austrian, given your logic. Better yet, so no rights are violated , let’s have local government have translators of every global language on retainer, and you can pay for it. I think I will get Rosetta Stone and learn them all. I think our country has been very understanding of illegal immigrants. Mexico would not treat us as good.

  2. fred norton says:

    Great to be Iranian. By the time the police locate someone who speaks Iranian, the drunk will be sober. Who is going to pay for the translator? How did they pass the written test in the first place?

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