Law enforcement authorities said Wednesday they plan to launch Louisiana’s first statewide crackdown on drunk driving that features a new strategy to prevent drivers from refusing blood-alcohol content tests.
The effort will cover Labor Day weekend — from Friday at 6 p.m. to Tuesday at 6 a.m.
“It is probably the last big party of the summer,” said State Police Supt. Mike Edmonson.
State officials have waged anti-drunk driving campaigns over Labor Day weekend for years.
However, this one will include an expanded “no refusal” component aimed at suspects who refuse to take a blood alcohol concentration test, or BAC.
“The fact is people are still dying on the roads because they are drinking and driving,” said Norma Broussard, who is assistant district attorney of Jefferson Parish, which has waged similar crackdowns.
A national study, based on 2005 data, showed that 39 percent of drunk driving suspects in Louisiana refused to take the BAC test, which was the fourth highest of 37 states studied.
Under the plan for this weekend, law enforcement officials, citing probable cause, will seek search warrants from judges on standby to conduct a BAC test on a suspect who refuses to submit to one.
Fax machines will be one of the methods used to seek a court order. Emergency medical personnel will do the blood alcohol test.
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If the officers truly have probable cause, which they can obtain from standard testing, such as the 'finger on the nose' etc, and if they obtain a warrant from a judge, I think this is a good idea.
I have no brief for drunk driving.