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Crime, Law & Justice

Oregon State Police Enforce "No Refusal Weekend"

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Steven Damron
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This Fourth of July, Oregon Law enforcement agencies will be patrolling the streets for intoxicated drivers. They have a new strategy to test for blood alcohol concentration.

“No Refusal Weekend” allows officers to test suspected impaired drivers,  even if they refuse breath testing.  This ensures everyone arrested receives a recorded BAC test.

Ryan Stone is a traffic and DUI enforcement police officer:

“We have a judge that’s on call and we have support staff from the district attorney’s office to help us prepare a search warrant. And then we apply for that search warrant. We give all the information to the judge. If the judge finds probable cause, then they authorize a search warrant to be conducted and executed and then we have a phlebotomist take a sample of the person’s blood to be tested to determine their BAC.”

BAC breath test refusals are increasing around the nation. Stone says “No Refusal Weekend” is a new program for Oregon but is used in other parts of the country. He says it’s important to enforce this policy during a weekend like Fourth of July when traffic is higher.

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