DUI tests focus of bill

DUI tests focus of bill

There are 7 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jun 28, 2009, titled DUI tests focus of bill. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

A bill introduced in the Ohio Senate would allow emergency medical workers to draw blood from drunken-driving suspects.

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tired

Dublin, OH

#1 Jun 28, 2009
How can we believe any of the details coming from a politician? This is way too similar to the seat belt law. When that was put in, it would NEVER be a primary offense, and the police would never be ablt to stop someone for not wearing a seatbelt. A few years later, they changed it.

This is just a scam to try to make it easier for police to intimidate people they think have been drinking. If this passes, they'll call the emt's, and tell people at any accident they have to consent to a blood draw, or they'll be arrested, spend the night in jail,......

The current system works. It doesn't need to be changed.
concerned

Columbus, OH

#2 Jun 28, 2009
Existing law allows police to order the blood draw when the patient gets to the ER -- it can be done by an ER doc or nurse and have the proper chain of custody in place.

Leave EMS out of it -- they have enough to do keeping people alive to be treated at the ER without worrying about chain of custody and other evidenciary authentication issues. Sometimes, at an accident scene, it's difficult to determine who was driving and can't always be clearly deduced from evidence at the scene. Also, what if they mixed up samples on the way to the hospital?. They are usually in a hurry. EMS job is to provide emergency care, not evidence gatherers for the police.

Clearly Senator Grendell has never been at the scene of an accident.
what

Columbus, OH

#3 Jun 28, 2009
the more people who come in contact with an accused drunk driver is always better for the defense -- more people the state has to subpoena, more opportunity for those people to not be able to get to court, more opportunity for a defendant to skate on a technicality.
States need to focus on DUI prevention, enough of these needless laws that don't prevent drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel.
presjack

United States

#4 Jun 29, 2009
I guess the Dispatch believes in Censorship. They removed my comments from this story yesterday. Awesome Standards.
lotsaice

Chagrin Falls, OH

#5 Jun 29, 2009
You know damn well the cops are going to call the squad out everytime they have a suspected DUI pulled over.
Sure, if there is an accident and people are being medically treated you could get your tube of blood, but you know as well as I, it's going to be a squad request at 0300 every Friday and Saturday night for a blood draw and then an on scene pissing match with the cops.
presjack

Hayesville, OH

#6 Jun 30, 2009
Apparently, Dispatch Readers understand the problems, but the State Senate does not. HMMM! imagine that.
cop

West Des Moines, IA

#7 Jul 3, 2009
Thank God I work in IOWA where Fire, EMS and Police work together and help each other out. Great attitude---oh we don't to have more work to do.

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