DWI Loophole Closed

New York State Governor David Patterson signed into law legislation that fixes a loophole in the rules which govern prosecuting driving while intoxicated offenses. When blood is drawn from a driver to determine the blood alcohol level, the blood test must be done within two hours of the suspect being taken into custody. The blood test may be performed at the request of a police officer, but formerly had to be performed under the supervision of a physician. Now, the blood test can be done also by an advanced emergency medical technician or a certified nurse, without a physician being present. Prosecutors believe that the law will result in faster evidence collection and more convictions. Such is welcome news to victims of drunk drivers, and should make for safer highways. - Marc Miner

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