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    N.J. top court rules police must explain DWI test laws in native language

    TRENTON — Police in New Jersey must explain the state's implied consent law to motorists in a language that they understand, the state Supreme Court ruled on Monday.

    In a 4-3 decision, the court overturned a conviction for refusing to take an alcohol breath test because the man, who spoke only Spanish, did not understand the consequences.

    The court found that a Plainfield police officer failed to inform German Marquez, who is from El Salvador, in Spanish that he would automatically lose his driver's license for seven months if he refused the test.

    Police had responded to a two-car accident in 2007. The officer initially asked in English for Marquez to show his license. When the officer repeated the request in Spanish, Marquez complied.
    And why did this person even HAVE a NJ DL? Why because he was allowed to take the test in...

    Marquez said he didn't understand what police were reading to him and that he had taken his driver's license exam in Spanish.
    NorthJersey.com: N.J. top court rules police must explain DWI test laws in native language


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    Re: N.J. top court rules police must explain DWI test laws in native language

    Dude we are a society of many different languages not every one off the boat understands English, so in other words piss off we aren't going to have a national language. Is it so hard for conservatives to understand this?

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    Re: N.J. top court rules police must explain DWI test laws in native language

    @ Mr. Vicchio -- I agree with the court's decision.

    @ Ryrinea -- One doesn't have to have a national language to think it ought to be a requirement that people at least read English before they drive. That's not a Conservative bent. That's just good old common sense.
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    Re: N.J. top court rules police must explain DWI test laws in native language

    Quote Originally Posted by RyrineaHaruno View Post
    Dude we are a society of many different languages not every one off the boat understands English, so in other words piss off we aren't going to have a national language. Is it so hard for conservatives to understand this?
    Dude....

    One of the requirements for U.S. citizenship through naturalization is to take the naturalization test to demonstrate that you are able to read, write, and speak basic English and that you have a basic knowledge of U.S. history and government (also known as “civics”).
    USCIS - Naturalization Test

    So piss off about us not having a national language.... we do, and it's mandated by federal law.
    There is no such thing as a “Natural Born Dual-Citizen“.

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    Re: N.J. top court rules police must explain DWI test laws in native language

    First off the word basic comes to mind there. I don't think you can explain a DWI with just basic English as is probably implied by that law. Also, just because you must speak it does not make it our national language. In Japan you are required to be able to speak English, but that doesn't make English their national language.
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    Re: N.J. top court rules police must explain DWI test laws in native language

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottD View Post
    First off the word basic comes to mind there. I don't think you can explain a DWI with just basic English as is probably implied by that law. Also, just because you must speak it does not make it our national language. In Japan you are required to be able to speak English, but that doesn't make English their national language.
    I'll call BS on this..... link?
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    Originally Posted by PogueMoran
    I didnt have to read the article to tell you that you cant read.

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    Re: N.J. top court rules police must explain DWI test laws in native language

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottD View Post
    First off the word basic comes to mind there. I don't think you can explain a DWI with just basic English as is probably implied by that law. Also, just because you must speak it does not make it our national language. In Japan you are required to be able to speak English, but that doesn't make English their national language.
    I'll also disagree that you can't explain with basic English the fact that if you don't blow into the little tube, you lose your license.... that's pretty basic English.
    There is no such thing as a “Natural Born Dual-Citizen“.

    Originally Posted by PogueMoran
    I didnt have to read the article to tell you that you cant read.

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    Re: N.J. top court rules police must explain DWI test laws in native language

    So, foreigners are expecting us to learn their language, but refuse to learn ours. Supplying them with a translator all the time? lmao

    Everyday that goes by that congress doesn't make english the official language- the farther down the slippery slope this country slides.

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    Re: N.J. top court rules police must explain DWI test laws in native language

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottD View Post
    First off the word basic comes to mind there. I don't think you can explain a DWI with just basic English as is probably implied by that law. Also, just because you must speak it does not make it our national language. In Japan you are required to be able to speak English, but that doesn't make English their national language.
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    Re: N.J. top court rules police must explain DWI test laws in native language

    Well on one hand it's nice to have people speak English. On the other, some immigrants never become nationalized so they wouldn't be required, and even if so some immigrants may be on their way to naturalization and learning the English language, but have not yet mastered it. Regardless, you can hardly throw a man into jail who doesn't understand why he's being thrown into jail. Maybe you have to make the arrest, but then when they are in the station have someone who is able to speak to them explain the nature of the crime. There are many police units in various parts of the country that know other languages so that they can more efficiently communicate with the community.
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