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St. Louis' "No Refusal Zone" Means Cops Can Get Warrants For Your Blood Faster and Easier

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And Joyce responded to critics on Twitter:


The "No Refusal" measure comes just a few months after a Supreme Court ruling in favor of a Cape Girardeau man who refused a Breathalyzer test and was forced to take a blood test without a warrant. The Supreme Court ruled that the blood test without a warrant was unconstitutional.

See also: U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Warrantless Blood Tests for DUI Suspects in Missouri Case

Expedited warrants will get around that problem, but opponents such as anti-red-light camera attorney Mike Carter still say it's not right.

"I applaud Prosecutor Joyce for seeking a proper warrant, but to say that EVERY REFUSAL will automatically trigger a warrant request would seem to indicate that her office feels that without a breath result or any field sobriety tests, whatsoever, that they should automatically be able to stick a needle in someone's body. That's a bit disturbing to me," Carter says in a statement.

Whichever side one is one regarding the "No Refusal Zone," there is no debate about the dangers of drunk driving. And New Year's is particularly dangerous.

This map from IDV Solutions shows how often alcohol was involved in fatal crashes in the St. Louis area, one of the worst in the country for drunk-driving accidents.

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IDV Solutions

Remember -- those are all fatalities. Put some cab numbers in your cell phone so you can get shit-faced tonight and not die.

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Jerry Oakley
Jerry Oakley

how many cops have you seen taking blood on the side of the road from a completely straight driver...my guess is 0

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

Me, too! I am crazy phobic of needles because even experienced nurses can't find my veins. No effing way I'd let some power-hungry cop try it!

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

Doesn't matter if you are actually drunk driving or not. You could be totally sober and they will force this on you.

Jay Henke
Jay Henke

I'm with the people who say its that simple...Don't drink and drive! Are you gonna bitch that no one will leave you alone to shoot up heroin.....or complain that people say bad things when you loot and burn innocent peoples businesses. First to whoever wrote this story making it sound like Hitler was coming back from the dead...you are the problem with America, you were the problem with Ferguson....your just a problem....quit getting stupid people to fall for stupid shit you say....

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

Just one more invasion of my privacy and my person. I stayed home last night....midnight came and went....I usually go out and spend it up, but....I would rather not take a chance of having a trace of alcohol on my breath and have to submit to government DNA mapping of my genomes. I think we should just give each person a personal behavioral programmer to live with them every hour of every day. To pay for it...we just take half their wages. We can call it a personal accountability tax. That way we can enslave everyone physically AND financially. But hey....it is for the public good. The public cannot decide for themselves. We MUST do it for them.

Nick Wilkinson
Nick Wilkinson

Easy solution to this problem. Don't drink and drive and put other people's life at risk. Since when is it your "right" to drink and drive?

Mona Thorpe
Mona Thorpe

will be a cold day in hell when a cop sticks me with a needle

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

If a person refuses to take a breathalyzer test then just charge them with obstruction. 99% of the time people who are charged with a DUI plea out anyway so not only is taking people's blood by force unnecessary it's barbaric as well. Looks like the state of Missouri has just decided to shred the fourth amendment. "I am Jack's complete lack of surprise." Land of the free? hahahahaha Sing that well government agents hold you down to take your blood.

Jerry Oakley
Jerry Oakley

Well dont refuse a breathalizer, or better yet dont drink and drive. Problem solved.

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

We can all thank those fat, ugly cunts at MADD.

guido1013
guido1013

Jennifer Joyce is kinda Hot!

Deb Woods
Deb Woods

This is bullshit. But the problem isn't drunk driving. If the cop says he thinks you are impaired then you are impaired. They then forcibly seize your blood & who knows what crooked lab they are using to generate false positives. You have no control over that. Furthermore - the law doesn't say that they must destroy your dna evidence after the blood alcohol test. Nope. They are logging that shit into a national DNA database. This is MAJOR people. Pay attention. Complaining on Facebook is not an effective form of protest!

Jimmy Vavak
Jimmy Vavak

and apparently when they pull you over they look on your facebook page to see if youve checked in at bars or posted pics of you drinking.. thanks obama

Kerrie Weston
Kerrie Weston

In Arizona the law is a blood sample for every suspected DUU

Amanda Conner
Amanda Conner

Well look at the flipping dna checkpoints coming out.... :-\ unconstitutional and really frkn scary

Jay Ejh
Jay Ejh

This is unconstitutional. Period.

Jeff Wade
Jeff Wade

No Princess with the slop mouth it not solved. The problem is them taking blood without our consent .

Amanda Conner
Amanda Conner

Ya know.... I think I'm the only politically "right" reader of RFT and when we have you liberals (lol) saying this is a clear violation than it absolutely is. ;-) This is wrong. This is disgusting and if it ever happened to me (though I'm not stupid enough to drink and drive) I would find a way to make sure I shit on them when they took my blood. #realtalk I would absolutely crap on them. That is all. This. Is. Horse. Shit.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

This is not tougher DWI laws. This is a clear violation of The Fourth Amendment. If you support this then I would argue you would be the same type of person who wold have supported Hitler's rise to power.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

"The new measures have been enacted because "too many drunken drivers have learned to game the legal system." BULLSHIT! If you refuse a Breathalyzer then it's no different than pleading guilty unless you want to go to trial which the majority of people do not do. Government is now going to take our blood by force? The simple fact that this has not sparked a national outrage stands as a testament to just how weak and powerless the American people have become. Congrats America, you have allowed your government to become a vampire.

Jeff Wade
Jeff Wade

No but but taking you blood without your consent is . Dont need a book for that .

Eric Jacobs
Eric Jacobs

It won't last long courts will rule it violates the constitution

Mark Sauer
Mark Sauer

Tougher DWI laws hardly amount to Nazism. Read a book.

John Schoen
John Schoen

My Lovely Bride, Cocktails, Fireplace and The Who on DVD... Eat Me 2014!!

Stan Schoen
Stan Schoen

Stay home and drink or don't go the St. Louis!

Eddie Gregs
Eddie Gregs

I mean, it sucks that rights get taken away, but people obviously abuse it too much. Same with guns. Guns are just tool manned by a person, but it keeps getting abused. Maybe when we mature as a whole we can stop giving up rights. And this is coming from someone who despises the government telling me what to do. But come on, think about the other people on this earth. Drunk driving has killed a lot of innocent people. I'll get off my high horse now

RK Kittenbitz
RK Kittenbitz

Drive sober. And stop whining. Even better, stay the fuck hone.

RK Kittenbitz
RK Kittenbitz

Boys and girls, driving is not a right. Driving drunk is stupid, and using the tired ole Nazi comparison is just plain hilarious. Semo, what part of "needing a warrant" is warrantless? You are way off base here. And yeah, you have rights. The right to shut the fuck up when pulled over, for starters. Is THAT clear enough for YOU, SEMO???

Bud AkaCali
Bud AkaCali

Driving is a 'privilege'?? Yall are beyond sheep smh No hope for yall.. maybe we should just bring on Nazi America.. its for your 'safety'.. lol that said.. drive sober.

Doug Hammerstroem
Doug Hammerstroem

The obvious solution here is to have a sober passenger who will immediately switch seats with you should you get stopped.

Derek Young
Derek Young

And all the kings men (Police Dept) come down from the castle to rob the village(ie - taxpayer) in the name of the king(DA's Office) taxation.

dyoung1978
dyoung1978

And all the kings men (Police Dept) come down from the castle to rob the village(ie - taxpayer) in the name of the king(DA's Office) taxation.

Travis Spade
Travis Spade

The local police have absolutely no buisness taking blood at check points when they can use a breathalyzer I dont drink and drive or ride with people that do and im still outraged that this is happening in my city It is clearly a violation of our rights and the constitution What reason can 1 justify taking blood at a checkpoint????

Mark Golstab
Mark Golstab

With all the ways one can party and not drive while drunk, I'm in favor of this. No one's rights are being violated, the due process is just expedited. Don't drive while intoxicated.

Mary Aubuchon
Mary Aubuchon

I understand protecting the public from wrecklessness, but how far will things go under the guise of "protecting"? This sets the ball in motion down a slippery slope, I fear :/

rjhbrpd
rjhbrpd

No right to drive drunk.

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