Re: Drivers who drink deserve harsh penalties (Letters, Jan. 4)
I fully agree with this letter writer’s premise about drivers who drink, however, she misses the crucial point.
The current law allows a policeman to act as police officer, prosecutor, judge, and jury in impounding a car for breath test under the 0.08 limit using equipment that has already been shown to be faulty (remember the calibration fiasco?).
To me, this is a blatant violation of our civil rights to an independent judiciary.
If we allow this type of prosecution in this instance, what is next? How far are we prepared to let our liberties wither away before we become a police state?