What better way to celebrate the anniversary of one of the most important documents in American history than to institute a statewide No Refusal Weekend for the Fourth of July?
Anyone who is pulled over for suspected drunk driving will have to either submit to a breath test or have their blood drawn. Officials say it takes as little as 15 minutes to secure a warrant for a blood draw and five minutes after that to get the blood drawn.Fifteen minutes to eviscerate the rights of the accused. Just fifteen minutes to determine whether or not probable cause exists to open a vein. Just fifteen minutes to order an invasive procedure for an offense that is but one step removed from a traffic ticket.
We can celebrate the Fourth by pretending that our Fourth Amendment right to be left alone doesn't exist. We all know there's no such thing as an unreasonable seizure when a man wearing a badge smells alcohol on the breath of someone driving a car.
We can celebrate the Fourth by pretending that our Fifth Amendment rights to remain silent and not to incriminate ourselves doesn't exist. DWI is the only offense in which a person choosing to remain silent and not incriminate themselves is legally used against them.
We can celebrate the Fourth by pretending that the right to counsel under both the Fifth and Sixth Amendments doesn't exist. Heaven forbid a person accused of drunk driving be allowed to consult with an attorney before answering any questions or performing roadside coordination exercises.
However you choose to celebrate the Fourth, be careful, be safe and don't become a victim of the police state.