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# 138484 6-Jan-2014 19:33
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What is all that about?

I was just stopped by the law on Kaipatiki Rd, on the shore.

They thrust some gadget into my face and demanded that I say my name and address.


I guess that they can demand my name and address but to make me say it into a machine seems odd.

I doubt that there is anyone in the NZ police force with the intelligence to think of trying to voice print the population on behalf of the GCSB but I have no better explanation.

It could be that they are looking for drivers whose name does not match the car rego and think that a ruse like this is more likely to get a true answer but again, I doubt that they are smart enough to come up with that.

Perhaps they have a remote breath tester that works at a distance and they just need to get people to speak at it and saying anything would do.

Anyone know more about this?

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  # 962080 6-Jan-2014 19:38
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It sounds very much like a breath testing check point. The device is an alcohol "sniffer", that can detect the presence of alcohol and a rough estimate of the quantity, that will suggest to the officer whether a formal breathalyzer test should be done.

Note that you don't have to use your real name, Kermit the Frog from Sesame street worked well for me :-)

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  # 962081 6-Jan-2014 19:38
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Alcohol breath tester.


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  # 962082 6-Jan-2014 19:39
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Breath test mate.  Its just an indicator, rather than evidential.  Surprised they didn't explain it though...

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