Cops In Idaho And Texas Being Trained In Blood Draws In DUI / Drunk Driving Cases
Since the United States Supreme Court held in 1966 that forced blood draws are constitutional, forced blood draws have been common. According to a recent article in the Washington Times, police officers are being trained in both Idaho and Texas by Arizona’s law enforcement phlebotomy coordinator in drawing blood from motorists who are arrested for DUI / Drunk Driving. The purpose of the training program is an attempt to decrease the number of DUI / Drunk Driving trials. While the forced blood draw procedure by police officers will reduce the number of motorists who refuse a breath, blood or urine tests, it may open up local governments to liability for any improper administration of a forced blood draw.