Aug 12-19, breath test 'no' in Baton Rouge means blood test



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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — For the coming week in Baton Rouge, police won't settle for an answer of "no" when a suspected impaired driver is asked for a breath test.

Drivers can legally refuse a breath test. But the Capital Region Transportation Safety Coalition says that, from this Friday until next Friday, police and deputies will respond by getting a warrant for a blood test. Judges will be on call 24 hours to provide such warrants.

The group said in a news release Thursday that city police, East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies and Louisiana State Police will all participate in the week-long "no refusal" enforcement.

It says 46 percent of Louisiana's traffic fatalities involve intoxication.

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Online:

www.nhtsa.gov/no-refusal

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