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Crime and police viewed differently by black and white Americans

Some Kentucky residents may have differing views on crime, police behavior and penalties depending on whether they are black or white. A number of surveys have found these attitudes differ according to race. For example, 87% of black adults compared to 61% of white adults in a 2019 Pew Research Center survey said the criminal justice system did not treat blacks as fairly as whites.

Kentucky uses sobriety checkpoints to keep the public roads safe

There are a number of factors that can make the public roadways more or less safe for those driving. Weather conditions are one issue that can drastically increase the amount of risk people have in a vehicle. Poor driving practices, including drunk driving, are another risk factor that the public has very little control over.

Breath tests can yield false positive results

When a driver is stopped by a member of the Kentucky law enforcement community on suspicion of driving under the influence, it is common practice for the officer to administer one or more field sobriety tests to gather evidence. A breath test is often given to gauge the driver's blood alcohol content by measuring the ethanol content of the individual's breath. If the driver blows over the limit, this is generally used as part of the grounds for an arrest. However, there is some medical evidence to question the accuracy of the breath test under certain circumstances.

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