New Supreme Court Ruling On How To Bust Drivers For DUIs
According to the Associated Press, the Supreme Court just changed the way that Law Enforcement Officers can bust you for DUIs. Now, we can all agree, of course, that drinking and driving is awful, and should not be done. However, we can also agree that occasionally, some law enforcement may overstep their boundaries when tracking down offenders. The Supreme Court has just ruled that while breath tests are still legal, blood tests will now require warrants.
From the Associated Press:
The Supreme Court on Thursday placed new limits on state laws that make it a crime for motorists suspected of drunken driving to refuse alcohol tests.
The justices ruled that police must obtain a search warrant before requiring drivers to take blood alcohol tests, but not breath tests, which the court considers less intrusive.
Writing for five justices in the majority, Justice Samuel Alito said breath tests do not implicate “significant privacy concerns.” Unlike blood tests, Alito said breathing into a breathalyzer doesn’t pierce the skin or leave a biological sample in the government’s possession.
In all three cases before the high court, the challengers argued that warrantless searches should be allowed only in “extraordinary circumstances.” They said routine drunk driving stops count as ordinary law enforcement functions where traditional privacy rights should apply.
All this being said - don't be stupid. Be safe, don't drink and drive.
[via Associated Press]