Kansas Officers to seek warrants for blood samples at DUI Checkpoints.
Here is the latest news in the erosion of the constitution. Now when you refuse field sobriety testing at a DUI checkpoint these officers in Salina, KS are going to be using new software to get a warrant to test your blood in only 30 minutes time... Yet another blow to the 5th amendment.
See the story below:
"Salina police and Saline County sheriff's deputies are planning to try a new process of "no refusal" saturation patrol Friday as they seek impaired drivers.
Lt. Russ Lamer said if a police officer has probable cause to pull a driver over on suspicion of driving under the influence and the driver refuses a breath or blood test, the officer will pursue a search warrant to collect a sample of the driver's blood.
Lamer said four additional officers and one additional supervisor will be on patrol from 11:30 p.m. Friday to 2:30 a.m. Saturday. The Saline County Sheriff's Office also will have additional deputies on patrol, he said.
He said the goal is to put the new procedure in place in the future whenever a DUI test is refused. Lamer said that as of July 1 a driver who meets certain criteria, such as a previous DUI conviction or a previous refusal of a DUI test, can be charged for refusing a breath or blood test.
Lamer said new equipment allows officers to seek a search warrant electronically, thereby speeding up the process of getting a warrant.
He said an affidavit will be emailed to a representative of the county attorney's office and a judge, who will be able to apply an electronic signature to a warrant. Lamer said he expects the new process to take about 30 minutes, shaving about an hour and a half off the process and allowing officers to obtain a blood sample before alcohol has dispersed through a person's system.
"If everyone would not drink and drive, it would make this a moot point," Lamer said."
Thanks to the Salina Journal for the story.
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