Raymond Legendre reports:
Lafourche has become the second Louisiana parish to enforce a DWI “no-refusal” policy at all times.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced the action Tuesday.
The Sheriff’s Office experimented with the program three times this year in its ongoing effort to reduce drunk-driving deaths and remove drunk drivers from the parish’s roadways.
Starting yesterday, suspected drunk drivers in Lafourche no longer have the right to refuse a Breathalyzer test. Previously, drivers could refuse taking such a test but would be charged with DWI and have their licenses suspended for a year.
“Where in the Fourth Amendment does it say you can stop people and take their blood?” said Marjorie Esman, executive director of the Louisiana-branch of the American Civil Liberties Union. She raised questions about how long and where the blood would be kept.
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