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DUI No Refusal Crackdown Weekends Could Come To SC

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CLINTON, S.C. -

Members of the Laurens County Prevention Coalition are researching a plan which could bring "no refusal" checkpoint weekends to the Upstate.

States like Texas already have these programs in place.

Typically prosecutors will assist police and get on-call judges to approve warrants for blood tests.

This means if you refuse a breathalyzer, you'll end up getting tested any way.

No counties in South Carolina have tried this yet, so the Laurens group is taking the process very slow.

"I think it would definitely help in keeping people off the road which have been drinking which is the ultimate goal," Capt. Ted Richardson with the Sheriff's Office said.

The coalition reports about a third of suspected drunk drivers in the county refuse breathalyzers.

The hope is assist prosecutors by producing stronger evidence through the no-refusal checkpoint.

The group will meet again in mid-July but any approval for this type of plan is a long way off, as they research legal issues.

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