Posted: Sep 6, 2010 5:52 PM by Mike Steele, Heather Harel
Updated: Sep 6, 2010 7:11 PM
State Police said a DWI crackdown has been a success for the holiday weekend.
The official end of the weekend is tomorrow morning. So far, authorities said there have been no alcohol-related deaths reported in Louisiana State Police Troop A. Police said DWI arrests are at about half normal levels.
Some, however, are questioning the enforcement methods being used, and the ‘No Refusal’ weekend promoted by police and prosecutors has attracted controversy. According to the policy, if a DWI suspect refuses a breath test, judges are on standby to issue a search warrant allowing police to have blood drawn from the suspect. Defense attorneys argue the campaign is a violation of the state constitution.
Attorney Glynn Delatte said the policy results in a suspect being threatened to submit to a breath test. He said the campaign is based on a Texas law, something prosecutors acknowledge. There is a disagreement on whether Louisiana can follow the same types of procedures as Texas.