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New federal program uses blood tests for suspected drunk drivers

Posted by Unknown | Mar 06, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new method for detecting drunk driving is being tested across the country. In many states, trained officers are drawing blood from people suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

The new program is only in its infant stage, as the federal government is trying to determine if the program is effective in curbing drunk driving and can be used as reliable evidence in possible convictions.

Although some states and lobbyists contend that the new method is a violation of drivers' rights, the Supreme Court ruled in 1966 that trained officers could use blood tests on drunk driving suspects if the officers had a reasonable belief that the suspect was intoxicated.

Driving under the influence charges include many important details and procedures that should not be taken lightly. If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, contact the Seattle DUI lawyers of Cowan, Kirk & Gaston at 866-822-1230.

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