Budget cuts have left the entire court system in New Hampshire at a dangerous point that is hurting victims. Because state budget cuts have eliminated judges and court staff, jury trials have been cancelled and cases take longer to move through the system.
Government officials have adopted a “zero-tolerance” approach to DWI enforcement in New Hampshire. However, recent studies suggest that, as dangerous as driving while intoxicated is, texting-while-driving may be far worse.
It looks like the New Hampshire Department of Safety is once again going to try to prevent DWI suspects from double-checking its work. This morning the Concord Monitor reported that the Department will, once again, try to convince legislators to remove one more protection against false evidence. If they succeed, people charged with DWI will lose an opportunity not only to cast doubt on the evidence against them, but also to establish their innocence.
The Intoxylizer 5000 breath machine that the police use may be prone to user error. For a variety of complicated medical reasons, the machine assumes that you have the “average” physiology. You don’t. We are all different and we all digest and burn off alcohol differently.