COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Civil liberties advocates say a new Ohio law that gives police leeway to force a blood or urine test on certain drunken driving suspects is unconstitutional.
Under the law that took effect Tuesday, authorities in Ohio can force drivers who have two or more drunken driving convictions to submit to such tests without their consent. The state previously required authorities to get a warrant from a judge to test blood or urine for alcohol or drugs on people who don't initially give their consent.
Republican State Senator Timothy Grendell -- who sponsored the legislation -- says he believes that any effort to argue that a warrant is required will fail. He points to a 1966 Supreme Court decision that said authorities could compel a driver suspected of drunken driving to give a blood sample.