Suspected drunk drivers in Atlanta may be forced to submit to mandatory blood tests. Both the Georgia State Patrol’s DUI task force and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are using search warrants that allow them to test a driver’s blood, if they believe he is impaired and he refuses to take a breathalyzer test.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) supports no-refusal blood alcohol testing to prevent Georgia drunk driving crashes. At this time, the only two agencies in Atlanta that routinely use blood test warrants are the Georgia State Patrol’s DUI task force and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Many DUI defense attorneys advise their clients to refuse all breathalyzer and sobriety testing. When drivers refuse a breathalyzer test, it is difficult for police to gather evidence necessary to convict drunk drivers. As an alternative to breathalyzer testing, blood testing leads to an increase in DUI convictions and keeps impaired drivers off the road. Blood test evidence is considered more reliable than breathalyzer results or roadside sobriety tests.
Under Georgia law, a suspected drunk driver has the right to decline alcohol testing, including field sobriety tests, breath tests, urine tests, and blood tests. However, refusing testing may lead to suspension of the driver’s license for up to one year.
In 2011, there were more than 7,200 alcohol-related crashes in Georgia. If you or a loved one was a victim of one of those crashes, it is important that you are informed about your rights. Request a free copy of Georgia DUI injury lawyer Shane Smith’s book, I Was Hit By A Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next?
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