The New Jersey state supreme court agreed to change DUI laws for non-English speakers yesterday. The court ruled that drivers who do not speak English are required to be provided a translation of the statement of consequences related to not taking an alcohol breath test. The law does not require that drivers understand the translated statement, and if officials are unable to identify or translate a drivers language then the driver is awarded immunity.
No other state requires translation to be provided, though many do have written or spoken translations of the statement on hand. One official involved in passing the legislation stated, “I think other states are going to follow New Jersey's lead”.
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