Dy’er Sez: This follows on the footsteps of other jurisdictions (like Arizona and Texas) who have similar programs. On the surface, this might seem reasonable, but the whole endeavor is fraught not only with some element of danger (both for a suspect as well as for law enforcement), but the possibility of massive lawsuits stemming from the potential injury or abuse that might come about from the program itself – and, remember, these lawsuits are paid for out of YOUR taxpayer pocket.
Note the last paragraph in the article, where it claims that the refusal rate for breathalyzers has dropped significantly since the program went into effect – the reason for the drop is that people are complying due to FEAR of an undertrained or nut-job officer sticking a needle in ther body and doing them harm; and in my opinion, terrorizing people into compliance is not and effective law enforcement policy…unless, of course, one is living in a tyrannical state.
Story from the AP:
Police say syringes will help stop drunk driving
By REBECCA BOONE (AP)
BOISE, Idaho — When police officer Darryll Dowell is on patrol in the southwestern Idaho city of Nampa, he’ll pull up at a stoplight and usually start casing the vehicle. Nowadays, his eyes will also focus on the driver’s arms, as he tries to search for a plump, bouncy vein.
“I was looking at people’s arms and hands, thinking, ‘I could draw from that,'” Dowell said.
It’s all part of training he and a select cadre of officers in Idaho and Texas have received in recent months to draw blood from those suspected of drunken or drugged driving. The federal program’s aim is to determine if blood draws by cops can be an effective tool against drunk drivers and aid in their prosecution.
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