ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis officials are taking a hard-line stance against drunk driving under a new plan announced Monday.
The "No Refusal Zone" plan allows police to immediately seek a search warrant for anyone suspected of driving while intoxicated who refuses to take a breath test. The search warrant will allow blood to be drawn, which will be analyzed to determine if the driver is drunk.
Statistics show that nationally, a little less than a quarter of those stopped for drunk driving refuse to take a breath test. In St. Louis, about half of suspects decline.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce says that many drivers who refuse a breath test are chronic offenders who have learned that their odds of beating a conviction are better by refusing the test.