Out for blood

Sleep easy citizens of Huntsville, Texas. The D.A., court, and police force have devised a plan to abolish the dangers of drunk driving once and for all!

I’m sure you are familiar with the dim-witted scheme of which I speak. HPD recently unveiled the scheme to take the blood of suspected drunk drivers by force. It was implemented this past Labor Day weekend with a promise of future crackdowns. This will be made possible by collusion with the D.A. and a judge, who will provide search warrants to police officers at the supposed scene of the crime. I’m still wondering just how a search warrant is permission to draw blood from a living person’s body.

There have always been consequences for refusing to take a BAC test. This particular affront to sanity, however, is a new approach by the powers that be.

In the past, a driver’s license could be suspended or revoked upon refusal to submit to a BAC test. Now the state will have your blood with or without your consent, and I’m guessing the consequences for refusing will still apply.

What does this mean for you? If you’re drunk and unlucky, you’re going down. Here comes the scary part. If you’re unlucky, sober, and enough of a free-thinking individual to refuse government coercion on principle, you’re also going down (or at least down to the E.R.). It should be apparent that these laws are inherently flawed. (If you refuse, you will be punished whether you are intoxicated or not.)

Though a new method by HPD, this is hardly anything unique for the state as we know it. Things are, after all, as they have always been. Those in power attempt to assert more control while explaining that their actions are in the best interest of the public.

I would argue it’s long past time we looked at the big picture. Whether or not you agree with this twenty-something anarchist, ask yourself this: “Do I really want to live in a country where the police can forcibly take my blood?”

I don’t.

It is irrelevant whether the police say they will not draw blood from drivers who do not appear to be intoxicated. The fact that this coercion between the court and law enforcement exists at all is what is objectionable and unacceptable.

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