A new Texas law, which took effect Sept. 1, forces drivers to give blood samples or take breathalyzer tests if they’re suspected of driving while intoxicated. This will help prosecutors and make roadways safer, according to District Attorney Martha Warner.
The implied consent law allows peace officers to take warrantless blood samples from certain drivers suspected of drunk driving, including those involved in serious accidents, those with a child passenger in the vehicle and those who have had previous intoxication arrests.
“Right now many people who drive while intoxicated know they do not have to give blood or take the breathalyzer test if they’re stopped by a peace officer,” Warner explained. This new law closes those loopholes, she added.
Warner said the new law allows peace officers to obtain blood samples without warrants because drivers consent to the concept when they apply for a driver’s license.
“When they sign their name on a Texas driver’s license they are implying consent,” she explained.
So, before heading to the bar or tailgate party or dove hunting season opener this weekend, think before you drink and drive. Have a designated driver, call a cab or contact your spouse or friend who has not been drinking.
It could save you a court date, severe fine and jail time, or possibly even your life or that of another in a DWI-caused collision.