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Motorists Forced To Let Officers Draw Blood Samples At DUI Stops

Posted on October 16th, 2007 in , | 114 Comments

syringe There have been an increasing number of police departments allowing their officers to draw blood samples from motorists under suspicion of a DUI/DWI. This takes place on the roadside as opposed to a hospital where there are trained medical professionals. It seems like a recipe for disaster to allow officers to do blood draws when they do not have adequate medical training. This has proven true in Arizona recently where a lawsuit has been filed to stop this practice.

According to Scripps News, a man developed a persistent infection at the site of a blood draw administered by a Pima County sheriff’s deputy. He has filed what is believed to be the first claim in Arizona against the practice, which could put local taxpayers on the hook for any damages.

Arizona law requires that drunken driving suspects submit to a test or lose their license for a year and it’s the officer’s choice, not the driver’s, whether to use a breath or a blood test.

Having officers draw blood has become more common recently because it makes it more difficult for people to defend themselves against DUI/DWI charges. Breathalyzers have proven to be wildly inaccurate and don’t hold up well in court so blood tests have become a more appealing option legally. But when dealing with a medical procedure like a blood draw, the focus should be on the well-being of the individual and not making sure the District Attorney can get a conviction. Officers without adequate medical training should not be playing around with people’s health, no matter the legal ramifications.

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114 Responses to “Motorists Forced To Let Officers Draw Blood Samples At DUI Stops”

  1. kathi2323 says:

    I find the idea of police officers taking blood is absolutely wrong. I am an RN of 43 years and had to take a course to draw blood. This is such a case for infection control. I was a matron in northern Maine and one of my responsibilities was to draw blood samples on suspected drunk drivers. They brought them into the hospital ED to be drawn, brought them to my house or I met them at the police station. Never in a million years would I think, and so did the officers, they should be drawing the blood samples. IF, and this is a big IF, these cities, towns or whatever, want to have them draw this blood, they need to send these officers to phlebotomy courses. And even then I would be leary. They would have to show me proof that they took the course AND passed it. Any city that considers and then passes a law regarding this need to think of the money they will lose to lawsuits. I would sue if something happened to me!!!!

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  3. satan says:

    refuse to answer any questions when they ask you if you want to do a blood draw or have your license taken away.

  4. Phil Mckrackin says:

    Phil’s previous question that has gone unanswered((NMA asserts that they were formed to protect the rights of American Drivers. If you join and you get a ticket, go to trial and get found guilty, they will pay your fine. How does that program, of promoting careless and neglegent behavior in NMA members, protect my rights as a driver?))

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