New Texas Drunk Driving Law Requires Blood Drawn in all Felony DWI Arrests

Top Quote New recently passed law in Texas makes it mandatory for drunk drivers to take a blood test. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) December 07, 2009 - A new recent Texas drunk driving law passed by senate should deter many drivers from getting behind the wheel if they have had a few too many alcoholic beverages. For those repeat drunk driving offenders or if anyone has been injured during an accident or if there was a child in the vehicle drivers will no longer have the privilege of refusing a breathalyzer or blood test. A police officer will now be able to give a warrantless blood test on a driver who has been arrested for a DWI or refuses a blood sample without the need for a judge to sign off.

    Previously the law stated a judge would have to first sign off on the blood sample request creating a rather large bottle neck in the legal process. Not only was this a very time consuming process but on weekends there would have to be a judge sitting on standby 24 hours to order the blood draw samples. With these speed bumps now gone the DWI process will move swiftly and efficiently through its legal life cycle. There have been some concerns raised amongst Texans with this new DWI law now in effect. Things like alcohol on the skin before the blood is drawn can affect the actual results in the blood test amongst a few other that might affect a judges sentencing.

    Texas has always ranked high for the amount of deaths from drunken driving related car accidents so many law enforcement personnel feel that this is a large important step towards making the situation much more manageable while saving lives on the streets. There is also a large concern over police officers that might either abuse or use this procedure incorrectly and make matters worse than they really are. Drinking and driving is a serious crime that results in the deaths of far too many Texans each year. However, these blood draws arguably give unprecedented and extremely intrusive powers to the
    government, and citizens should be wary of giving up Constitutional protections without fully exploring all other means in the quest to keep our roads safe.

    For more information on Texas drunken driving laws or more information on this new law please visit or call 866-382-8646.

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