Idaho police ramp up drunken driving tests
LEWISTON, Idaho. - Lewiston Police Capt. Roger Lanier says the department is ramping up its stance against drunken driving, directing officers to forcibly take blood samples in some cases
when suspected drunken drivers refuse breath tests.
The Lewiston Tribune reports the city's policy is targeted at motorists will previous convictions for drunken driving and drivers who officers suspect have a blood-alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit.
Lanier says the policy will be in place during holiday drunken driving patrols that begin this week.
Washington Court: Police can force blood-alcohol tests
(September 10, 2009)
The Washington state Supreme Court says police can force a blood-alcohol test if suspected drunken drivers refuse to take one.
Under state law, drunken-driving suspects are allowed to refuse a voluntary blood-alcohol test. In exchange, they have to give up their license for at least a year.
In Thursday's case, a man who refused a blood-alcohol test was examined anyway, after Seattle police got a court order. His lawsuit claims that was unfair, but the court disagreed.
In a 7 - 2 ruling, justices say that state law clearly leaves room for police to get a warrant for blood-alcohol tests.
The court's two dissenters say the law isn't being interpreted right. They think warrants should only apply to evidence that's already been collected, like blood samples.
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