States Across the US Celebrate ‘Freedom’ This 4th, with “No Refusal” DUI/Blood Draw Checkpoints

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
By Paul Martin

States have implemented “no-refusal” DUI checkpoints at which they will heavily punish noncompliance with forced blood draws and hefty fines.

By Jack Burns
July 4, 2017

If you’re thinking about celebrating the 4th of July, Independence Day, by having a beer or a glass of wine, you won’t be alone. But you better think twice before driving, because all across the country police will be enforcing so-called “No-refusal” DUI checkpoints.

In the land of the free, police departments — from sea to shining sea — are announcing forced blood draws, no-refusal checkpoints, and ‘papers please’ or driver’s license checkpoints to ‘keep citizens safe’ this fourth of July.

Multiple states now have policies in action where drinking and driving can get your blood drawn by force — for a misdemeanor.

In spite of their increased presence over the last decade, DUI checkpoints and Soviet-style roadblocks have not proven to significantly decrease DUIs. However, low cost, free enterprise solutions are showing real results. Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft are always a better option for folks who live in areas with ‘vampire cops’ and who want to leave home for some boozing.

Florida-based Henderson Law described their state’s practice. In a statement, they detail how someone who wishes not to participate in a breathalyzer or field sobriety test can find themselves in hot water with the law.

Normally, drivers have the right to refuse a breathalyzer or blood test, requiring police officers to obtain a warrant for this test. In Florida, refusal to take a roadside breathalyzer test will trigger an automatic one year suspension of your license. But at these checkpoints, judges are either on-site or on-call, giving police the ability to quickly obtain a warrant and compel a blood sample test.

Texas will have no-refusal DUI checkpoints set up to catch Americans drinking and driving. And while at a normal DUI checkpoint one can refuse to complete sobriety tests, in Texas a judge will be on site and issue a warrant for someone suspected of drunk driving to have their blood drawn.

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