New DWI Blood Test Law Takes Effect

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

WEST TEXAS - With the holiday weekend approaching more DPS troopers will be on high alert.

"We're going to be increasing patrol looking for speeders and DWI," Corporal Shanna Malone of Texas Department of Public Safety, said..

This Labor Day weekend will be the test to see if the new law will prove to be effective. 

The stricter DWI law will allow State Troopers to draw blood from possibly intoxicated driver without a warrant.

"It applies to felony DWI, injury involved crashes, convicted minors, anything under all those circumstances, we can draw blood without a warrant," Cpl. Malone said.

Malone says the DWI blood test will hopefully get more careless drivers off the streets.

"They can no longer refuse a blood test, and with that evidence in court rooms, their conviction rate will go up," Cpl. Malone said.

Some say the new law couldn't have come at a better time.

"It's a good idea. If they do that they won't be drinking again the next time," Local Resident, Andy Martinez said.

Others say, drawing blood without a warrant is crossing the line.

"I think it's wrong. As a citizen they're taking our freedom rights away. It shouldn't be mandatory. That makes me mad because it's my blood not theirs," Resident, Lisa Estes said.

Aside from losing your driver's license, those who are first time DWI offenders can pay a fine of up to $2,000 and 180 days in jail.