Georgia Hospitals Refuse Blood Tests for DUIs

Georgia Hospitals Refuse Blood Tests for DUIs

Several Georgia hospitals refuse blood tests for conscious DUI suspects unless the suspect consents to the test. In Georgia, as in California and most states, if police get a search warrant they can take blood from a DUI suspect by force against their will. What the police cannot do–as they are learning in Cobb, Douglas, Paulding and Cherokee Counties–is force a hospital to do the work.

Now that several Georgia … Read More

Forced catheterization alleged; suit says cops wanted quicker urine sample after traffic stop

Posted May 13, 2014 6:56 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

An Indiana man has filed a federal lawsuit alleging police and hospital officials subjected him to a forced catheterization because he didn’t provide a urine sample quickly enough after a traffic stop.

William Clark of Crown Point says in the suit that a Schererville police officer held him down while hospital personnel at Franciscan St. Margaret Mercy Health inserted … Read More

DUIs For Even a Trace of Weed Being Considered in California

DUIs For Even a Trace of Weed Being Considered in California

click to enlarge TIMOTHY NORRIS FOR LA WEEKLY

  •                                               Timothy Norris for LA Weekly

A proposal in the state legislature could mean DUIs for drivers who aren’t stoned but who toked a few days ago.
It would also target motorists who have even a trace of such prescription drugs as Ambien, Vicodin or even phentermine, a diet drug, in their systems when they’re stopped by cops who think they’re impaired.
Medical marijuana supporters are aghast. And

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‘Drive High, Get a DUI’ campaign launches in Colorado to stop stoned driving

DENVER - Colorado is launching a new “Drive High, Get A DUI” campaign to remind drivers that newly legal weed should be treated like alcohol and not consumed before driving.

The campaign includes radio and TV ads and new posters to be displayed in dispensaries.

The other part of the effort is enforcement.

Right now, 200 officers of various agencies are trained recognition experts. Another 20 graduated with that certification … Read More

Ads launched warning people who drive high will get a DUI

Ads launched warning people who drive high will get a DUI

DENVER — The state of Colorado is using humor to drive home the point that drivers who smoke marijuana will get a DUI if they drive High.

State officials with CDOT, CSP and the Governor’s office, joined the members of the marijuana industry to unveil the new “Drive High Get a DUI” campaign.

The campaign includes three television ads, which poke fun at people who are high after smoking marijuana … Read More

Marijuana and DUI: What Californians Need to Know

Marijuana and DUI: What Californians Need to Know

California continues its seemingly inexorable march toward marijuana legalization, but even if weed becomes legal, driving under the influence won’t. Tens of thousands will still be prosecuted for allegedly driving when their ability to see, think or operate their motor vehicle is impaired by any psychoactive substance, including weed. Here’s a run-down on current California drugged driving law, how people get popped for it, what the punishments are, and how … Read More