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Gradual clearing is expected with some remaining high clouds Thursday. Lows tonight will be near freezing in the Lakes Area to middle 30's in the Triangle. A little warmer Thursday with highs into the middle 50's. The next cold front will be in our area Saturday with a few showers ...
New law authorizes blood to be drawn without warrant to catch intoxicated drivers
September ushered in a number of state laws including one that makes it easier for law enforcement officers to catch intoxicated drivers.
If a state trooper, deputy or police officer believes a driver is intoxicated from alcohol or pills the officer can authorize a paramedic or emergency medical technician to draw your blood.
The law affects people who are involved in accidents or drivers who are arrested.
Prior to the change officers would ask medical workers at a hospital or jail to draw the blood of someone injured or in custody.
City EMS workers across the state and private ambulance companies are working to develop guidelines for responding to the new law.