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Ohio bill to legalize blood testing for DUI

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio is about to give police more leeway than most states to force a blood or urine test on certain people suspected of drunken driving.

The bill, which Gov. Ted Strickland is expected to sign later this week, would apply to people who previously have been convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol two or more times.

Under current law, authorities must get a warrant from a judge to test blood or urine for alcohol or drugs on people who don't initially give their consent. A few other states require mandatory blood testing but only when there has been a fatal crash or great bodily harm and police have probable cause that a driver is intoxicated.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio says the Ohio bill is unconstitutional and expects to challenge the law once it is enforced.

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