If you plan to celebrate the 4th of July with a cold one, remember to drink responsibly and use a designated driver. Lubbock County is cracking down on those who don't.
As NewsChannel 11 first told you back in May, local law enforcement is making Lubbock streets safer by using new tactics in their battle with drunk drivers, especially those who will not blow into a breathalyzer. It allows officers to take suspected drunk drivers to the hospital for a blood test if they refuse to take a breathalyzer test.
Lubbock County Assistant Criminal District Attorney Tom Brummett estimates that 75 percent of suspected drunk drivers refuse the test.
"If they refuse, then an officer will take them to UMC," said Brummet. "And we'll fill out a search warrant. They send it to a judge who will review that, and if the judge agrees that there is enough probably cause to search for it, they'll sign it and then that person's blood will be withdrawn."
At no time is the suspect considered a patient of the hospital, and they will not be admitted. However, the officer will remain with the suspect the entire time. Police already use this system with suspected drunk drivers involved in an accident that causes death or serious injury.