New Senate Bill Could Make Blood Testing Legal If You Drive Drunk

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

A breathalyzer test may be at thing of the past when it comes to D.W.I. tests. If Senate Bill 261 passes it would allow authorities to take a person's blood sample without a warrant for intoxication offenses. 

"If a person knows that there's something out there to nail them, they'll think twice about what they're doing," Charles Hodges with Stop D.W.I. Inc., said.

By using a blood test, less time will be wasted when it comes to getting accurate blood alcohol count on a driver for evidence. 

"A lot of times for a warrant 2-3 hours passes and alcohol in the sytem decreases by the hour, but if they can tell by the first hour, that will be solid evidence," Hodges said.

Some people think having blood drawn for evidence is crossing the line.

"I think that's going a little too far. "Everybody has rights. I can see of an accident happened and it's needed to know the amount of alcohol, then it might be important, but the ones that have previous D.W.I.'s, I think that's infringment on your rights," Midland Resident Darlene Rose, said.

Others feel that it will make driving on the streets safer for everyone. 

"Maybe it would stop some of the under age drinking and some of the people who leave the bar drunk. It would put some fear in them," Midland Resident Barbara Parker, said.

"It's going to force people to think seriously about what they're doing, and I think it will cut down on D.W.I. accidents, I really do," Hodges said.
Last year, the Texas Department of Public Safety reported of the 100,000 licenses revoked, more than half were as a result of drivers refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test.