Law enforcement agencies are increasingly using a controversial tactic in their fight against drunk driving. Arresting officers are relying on search warrants to demand blood samples from motorists suspected of driving while intoxicated in Texas.
The effort is in reaction to motorists who refuse to submit to a breath test to check blood alcohol content. Such refusal is permissible under state law, though it hinders prosecution of Texas DWI cases because of a lack of evidence. The Texas DWI law states that a blood draw is appropriate for testing motorists who have a prior DWI conviction who have caused an accident with injury. However, both county sheriff