Oregon: ‘No-refusal’ blood draws for drivers on Independence Day weekend

Oregon: ‘No-refusal’ blood draws for drivers on Independence Day weekend

[Ed. – Nothing like celebrating the nation’s independence with totalitarian enforcement measures.]

Eugene, Springfield and Oregon State police plan a “No Refusal Weekend” over the Independence Day holiday.

Police plan to work in coordination with prosecutors and judges to quickly obtain “blood draw warrants” for drivers who refuse blood alcohol content testing. 

With the approval of a judge, anyone suspected of impaired driving who unlawfully refuses to provide a breath sample is subject to blood testing at the scene, a medical facility, or nearest jail facility, police said.

Anyone who refuses to take a breath test faces loss of their license for a year.

Officer Ryan Stone said some drivers would take that route in an attempt to avoid a longer sentence.

“No Refusal” enforcement efforts aim to prevent people from avoiding full accountability, he said. …

So what does the ACLU have to say?

Dave Fidanque, executive director, said the civil liberties group supports what police plan to do.

“Boing that one step further and getting a warrant for a blood draw if they have probable cause and approval of the judge, that’s the right way to go about it in our view,” he said. “This has long been a practice police have been permitted to do, but have rarely done in the past – quite frankly I think it’s a good thing that police will be using more warrants.”

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