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One Colorado police chief is preparing to launch a controversial practice in the fight against drunken driving by seeking search warrants that would give his officers the power to have blood drawn from uncooperative suspects.
So you re saying, A police officer arrests you or at least takes you into custody for suspected drunk driving. Whilst detained, if you deny to give and evidential blood test, they will head to the courts to get a "Search Warrant" to force you to give blood?
"This is actually a search warrant to search a person for evidence of a crime," Kozak said of the plan he intends to implement this summer. "We believe the blood, of course, of a suspected drunken driver is very important evidence."
But many repeat drunken drivers already have suspended licenses, Kozak argued, and therefore there's little incentive for them to submit to a breath or blood test.
it was accepted protocol to seek search warrants in cases where suspected drunken drivers refused to submit to a blood or breath test.
I just don't see the grounds for this...
"We're hoping by doing this we can obtain some favorable case law so that the program can expand throughout the state," Kozak said.
Apparently its legal here in idaho for them to take your blood without consent
Originally posted by secretagent woooman
There is a reason they are doing this. Blood tests are more accurate than Breathalyzers, which are easier to have thrown out of court. Do you really expect someone who is dishonest and selfish enough to drive drunk to admit it in court? Sorry, I have NO problem with this, you get what you deserve for getting arrested for driving under the influence. Driving is a privilege, not a right, and you forfeit that right by placing others in danger.
Somehow I doubt there is a giant underground force of cops (who mostly are underpaid to begin with) conspiring with the PTB to take your DNA, I doubt they even want to draw blood to start with. All it is doind is exposing them to your germs.
Alcohol intoxication is legally defined by the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level. However, taking a blood sample in the field for later analysis in the laboratory is not practical or efficient for detaining drivers suspected of driving while impaired (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI). Urine tests for alcohol proved to be just as impractical in the field as blood sampling. What was needed was a way to measure something related to BAC without invading a suspect's body.
Many officers in the field rely on breath alcohol testing devices (Breathalyzer is one type) to determine the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in drunken-driving suspects. In this article, we will examine the scientific principles and technology behind these breath alcohol testing devices.