Authorities: Early returns good on required alcohol tests
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Greene County and Springfield authorities said they were pleased with early results of a new policy that won't let drivers refuse to take blood alcohol content tests.
Since November, if drivers in the county refuse to take a breathalyzer test, prosecutors can seek a warrant to draw a vial of their blood. If a judge approves, medical staff will draw blood and send it to a crime lab to be tested.
The Springfield News-Leader reports Springfield police and the Greene County Sheriff's Office are reporting fewer DWI arrests and fewer people refusing breathalyzers since November compared to the same time period last year.
Not everyone is pleased. Defense attorney Adam Woody said the new policy is slowing down the already slow criminal justice system.
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