'No Refusal' campaign guarantees evidence in DWI cases

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Posted: Sep 3, 2010 10:21 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Sep 3, 2010 10:27 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: drinking, driving, impaired, law enforcement, convicted, authorities, blood, breath, test

Authorities warn not to even try getting out of taking a breath test if police stop you for drunk driving this holiday weekend. The "No Refusal" campaign gives authorities an old tool to use against you in a new way.

If you're arrested for impaired driving, your first stop is to the intoxylizer for a breath test. If you refuse, a judge approves a search warrant on the spot for your blood, and your next stop is to a nurse.

"If you choose to roll the dice and get caught drinking and driving or impaired driving, we're going to put you in jail, and we're going to get you convicted," said Chief Criminal Deputy Jason Ard.

While no arrests or warrants for blood tests have been reported yet, State Police said the last "No Refusal" weekend during the July 4th holiday turned out 45 arrests, with all but one suspect choosing the breath test. This "No Refusal" weekend lasts through Tuesday morning.

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