There is a shocking new weapon that police departments across the country are using against suspected drunk drivers. It’s called the “no refusal” DUI checkpoint and it is in use in at least 11 states including Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Texas, Utah and now Ohio. At least 21 other states have the authority to implement “no refusal” checkpoints.
At these DUI checkpoints, people suspected of driving impaired can be ordered to submit to a blood draw on the spot. The drivers are served with a warrant from a nearby judge to draw the blood at a facility such as a hospital, mobile medical unit or county jail hospital unit. On average, police will draw two vials of blood to check for alcohol and other drugs in a driver’s system. Many legal observers call these DUI checkpoints an excessive use of force and possibly unconstitutional in nature.
In the state of Georgia, one municipality, Gwinnett County, has performed more than 150 “no refusal” blood draws. When Gwinnett County law enforcement draws blood, the driver is forcibly restrained and put into a head hold while a nurse draws two vials of blood. Even if the driver is not resisting, they are still put into restraints and a head hold.
The disturbing video can be seen below: