We want your blood and you cannot refuse

A word of caution before you head out for the long Memorial Day weekend: It’s also No-Refusal Weekend. Which means? Well, if Dallas police pull suspect you’re drinking and driving, you’ll be stuck with a butterfly needle attached to a vacuum-packed container, and two vials’ worth of your blood will taken and tested. And, no, you can’t refuse the test…

The program, which the DPD’s been testing since last Memorial Day weekend, has proven to be most everything Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office hoped it would be. According to the police, 335 people have had their blood drawn during the handful of no-refusal weekends, and of the tests taken, all but five came back with results well over the legal blood alcohol level of .08 — and in most cases, they were closer to double the legal limit.
That’s not all that Chief Kunkle and MADD director Mary Kardell were cheering about this morning at a press event: They also noted that not a single one of these blood test cases had gone before a jury. According to Kunkle, all 51 cases that have thus far entered the legal system pleaded guilty before ever heading to trial…
They also said the program will go full-time on September 1. Should pending legislation pass through the state Legislature, as expected, Dallas County will become a full-time needle-poking place.

There is no way I’m letting a cop open my veins. This can’t be quite right. Do they have phlebotomists, nurses or EMTs on hand for this?
Dallas Observer

9 thoughts on “We want your blood and you cannot refuse

  1. meh, if you check the back of your driver’s license you can see what your rights are in regards to tests. Here in florida, we have none, and you lose your license automatically if you refuse any test, which I would do just on principle.

  2. @tiki god: I get that, but I will not have anyone taking my blood in anything less than sterile conditions. Seriously, how would they actually do it? Make you step out of the car, into an ambulance (or something similar) stick a butterfly needle in your vein and then test it right there?

  3. @nyokki:
    they take you to a police station and have a nurse or someone there do it. I didn’t realize they were talking about doing this on the side of the road, though EMTs do it all the time I would suppose?

    I dunno, the whole thing is shadey imho

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