Police in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon, along with Oregon State Police will be offering a service enhancement during the July 4 holiday weekend.
Eugene, Springfield and Oregon State police plan a “No Refusal Weekend” over the Independence Day holiday.
Police plan to work in coordination with prosecutors and judges to quickly obtain “blood draw warrants” for drivers who refuse blood alcohol content testing.
In other words, if you refuse to blow into a breathalyzer, you’ll lose more than your drivers’ license (under Oregon law, signing your license constitutes agreement to a breathalyzer; refusal automatically yanks your license for one year) – you’ll lose a tube of precious bodily fluids as well. Although well-intentioned, defense attorneys specializing in DUII cases are likely to have a field day with this, because it’s also illegal to coerce an accused person.
It’s one thing to agree, up front, that if stopped you will take the breathalyzer or, should you decline, lose your license. But it’s another for an officer to coerce the detainee with a needle-stick threat, according to defense attorneys.
Hey, at least they’re going to get a warrant – ostensibly based on probable cause – and getting dangerous people off the road is a good thing in general. There is, however, a certain potential for a “Dukes of Hazzard” kind of scenario, especially in small-town Springfield. Just sayin’.