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St. Louis Law Aims to get Tough on Drunk Drivers

Posted: Dec 30, 2013 1:46 PM by The Associated Press

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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.

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