Labor Day in Houston - Another "No Refusal" Weekend

Another holiday weekend brings out the cops and their "No Refusal" policies.  The Houston Police Department has announced that they will once again start sticking needles in the arms of citizens for misdemeanor DWI offenses.

So what does it take for you to be strapped down against your will and have a needle stuck in your arm?  As it turns out, not a lot.  The police pull you over, smell alcohol and claim you are intoxicated.  They fill out a few forms, ask a Judge to sign a warrant (according to those that have checked, no warrant has been refused) and you are strapped into a chair with a needle stuck into your vein.

So how do you avoid the needle stick?  Don't drive while intoxicated.

By the way, you will not be in a hospital for this invasion procedure.  Instead, you will be in the "bat van" - a van they drive around the city and park.  All the other DWI suspects that refuse a breath test will be brought to the same site.  In our experience, the "bat van" has its own issues with cleanliness.

Doesn't take long for police to take blood without a warrant

The new Texas DWI law that allows police officers to take blood without a search warrant or any other judicial involvement went into effect September 1, 2009.  According to the Harris County District Attorney's office, over the Labor Day weekend the police forced 6 citizens to give blood - even though they refused to allow the blood sample and the police did not have a warrant.  They also forced 32 other individual to give blood pursuant to a search warrant.

As a group, we should renounce the new law and tell our legislature we do not condone our government intruding into our bodies.  Our founding fathers are turning over in their graves thinking that our state legislature has given the Government so much power.

When are we going to say enough is enough?  Let's keep the government out of our homes and out of our bodies.  The government has no business intruding into our bodies and homes.  Each and every time the legislature meets, more and more of our freedoms are taken away.  Let's also remember that a DWI in Texas is a misdemeanor, barring prior convictions, serious bodily harm / death, or a if there is a child passenger.