A new law — passed by the Legislature this spring — would allow police to obtain blood samples from suspects, without a judge’s consent, in certain scenarios, including “repeat offender, a passenger died or in which a child under 15 was a passenger in the vehicle,” the Chronicle reports.
I’m not a constitutional scholar — and we all can agree that Texas needs to reduce drunk-driving fatalities (we’ve been No. 1 for years) — but forced blood draws seem to really stretch constitutional rights.
What do y’all think? Should the police be allowed to forcibly drag you from a traffic stop to submit a blood sample?
Americans who operate small family farms and ranches often cannot get adequate health care and insurance. A journalist who spent her summers on her family’s Texas ranch writes about family members’ struggles and the challenges rural residents face today.