Rhode Island Strengthens Drunken Driving Laws

Rhode Island Strengthens Drunken Driving Laws

December 1, 2009

Police in Rhode Island can force motorists who are suspected of driving drunk and are involved in serious car crashes to submit to blood-alcohol testing under a new law.

Police and state prosecutors are praising the law, which was signed by Gov. Don Carcieri.

Drivers could previously refuse to take blood-alcohol tests. But under the new law, police can seek a warrant from a judge to allow a hospital to take a driver's blood sample for testing.

The governor held a ceremonial bill signing at the Statehouse last week.
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