Happy Fourth of July! Now give us your blood!
Oregon State police are re-naming Fourth of July weekend “No Refusal Weekend”, as part of a crack down on drunk driving. If you refuse to take an alcohol breath test when pulled over Fourth of July weekend, you will be forced to give blood.
Oregon Police plan to work in coordination with prosecutors and judges to violate citizens rights by quickly obtaining “blood draw warrants” for drivers who refuse blood alcohol content testing, reports KVAL.
With the approval of a judge, anyone who refuses to provide a breath sample will have their blood forcibly taken at a medical facility or jail. They will also lose of their license for a year, police said.
“No Refusal enforcement efforts aim to prevent people from avoiding full accountability,” said Officer Ryan Stone. “The process is designed to force drivers into relenting to breath tests in order to avoid a potentially harsher penalty if they refuse to cooperate.”
In previous examples of police enforcing the practice, stories surfaced of Americans being forcibly restrained and having their blood extracted in jails.
Last year in Georgia, cops strapped down citizens to gurneys, before using a needle to forcibly draw blood. Watch:
The ACLU, who just releases a report critical of the increasing militarization of police, voiced support for the initiative, saying that obtaining warrants for blood tests was “a good thing,” and “the right way to go about it in our view.”
Georgia and Oregon are now two out of numerous states that enforce ‘no refusal’ checkpoints or practices. In 2005, the Supreme Court ruled that it is not unconstitutional to hold down Americans and forcefully withdraw blood
Another ruling affirmed that a warrant must be obtained for the process, but stated police could dispense with the requirement in the event of an “emergency.”
Police State Daily requests for comment were not returned by the Oregon State Police.[Editors Note: An earlier version of this post erroneously used the term “checkpoint” to describe the situation pertaining to mandatory blood draws in Oregon. It has been pointed out in the comments section, and verified by Police State Daily that DUI Checkpoints have been ruled unconstitutional and are prohibited by the state constitution in Oregon. We apologize for the mistake. In most other states mandatory blood draws occur at specifically designated checkpoints. Those to be enforced this coming Fourth of July weekend in Oregon will result from traffic stops. Thanks for the correction.]