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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