Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Police Will Be Sticking It To You

In the not too distant future police will be drawing blood from suspect motorists. No consent required.

When police officer Darryll Dowell is on patrol in the southwestern Idaho city of Nampa, he'll pull up at a stoplight and usually start casing the vehicle. Nowadays, his eyes will also focus on the driver's arms, as he tries to search for a plump, bouncy vein.

"I was looking at people's arms and hands, thinking, 'I could draw from that,'" Dowell said.

It's all part of training he and a select cadre of officers in Idaho and Texas have received in recent months to draw blood from those suspected of drunken or drugged driving. The federal program's aim is to determine if blood draws by cops can be an effective tool against drunk drivers and aid in their prosecution.

If the results seem promising after a year or two, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will encourage police nationwide to undergo similar training.
I don't think I like this. Police could use the pretext of a traffic stop to torture people with needles. "Confess or we will draw blood."

I want my America back. And this kind of stuff is certainly not the America I grew up in.

Cross Posted at Classical Values


LarryD said...

Sounds like it could be challenged as an unreasonable search, at least.

Mythbusters showed that none of the ways to beat a breathalizer test work, so a blood test is unnecessary and a lot more intrusive. And some people will have medical and religious objections, as well.

Neil said...

Hmmm, breathalyzers give few false negatives, but often give false positives.

As invasive as it seems, perhaps drawing blood is an improvement?

M. Simon said...

Some people faint just at the sight of a needle. Some people to not have good veins. Only an expert phlebotomist can draw from them.

And unscrupulous police could use it as a method of torture: "confess or I will stick you with needles".

Think of all the ways it could go wrong.

And then you have to test the blood with a GCMS to get a definitive reading. Those tests are not cheap.

I don't think this is a good idea at all.