As we mentioned in our last post, authorities in states including Texas go to great lengths to catch suspected drunk drivers. In some cases, this includes pouring money into DUI testing devices that criminal defense attorneys argue are unreliable and inaccurate.

For proof, look no further than Houston. Police there were recently awarded $475,000 to improve their efforts to catch drunk drivers. The money will be spent on intoxilyzer breath-testing devices and evidence documentation equipment.

So, is this a good thing? Or a bad thing? The answer, as it often is, is "it depends."

On the one hand, drunk driving is a social problem because drunk drivers are dangerous on the roads.

On the other hand, why are authorities pouring substantial amounts of money into program and devices that raise legitimate concerns about whether they work at all? Public Safety is a huge issue that encompasses many areas; no one is saying drunk drivers should get off scot-free, but isn't it possible that money could be of greater use elsewhere, or at least spent on diversion program or awareness campaigns instead of possibly defective testing equipment?

This is the sort of debate that continues to envelop drunk driving. We all know it's wrong, but we have not quite yet come up with ways to deal with it that everyone can agree with. Because there is still so much unresolved around this issue, it can be really helpful to have an attorney on your side if you are ever charged with DUI.

Source: KPRC Houston, "HPD gets $475,000 to crack down on drunk drivers," Jan. 25, 2012