New Jersey changes DUI law for non-English speakers

Posted on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 at 11:24 am    

Yesterday, the New Jersey state supreme court ruled in favor of requiring drivers who do not speak English to be provided with an appropriate translation of the statement of consequences associated with not taking an alcohol breath test.

While many states have some written translations or translators on hand, no other state requires that a translation of the statement be given.  The law specifically states that law enforcement officials are not required to make sure drivers understand the statement, and that if a driver’s language can not be identified or translated then the driver is given immunity.

One official involved in passing the changes to New Jersey’s DUI laws stated, “I think other states are going to follow New Jersey’s lead”.

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