In Texas, DWI enforcement just got a little bit tougher.
Last week a new statutory bill passed the Texas state senate. The bill, the Nicole “Lilly” Lalime Act, does three main things:
- Expands the definition of offenses committed while intoxicated to include operating water crafts, which were previously not covered.
- If an officer has reason to believe suspect has a prior DWI conviction or a child is in the car, the law permits the officer to collect breath and blood sample without a warrant.
- Law has also been expanded to allow any magistrate who is a state-licensed attorney to issue a blood search warrant — and such magistrates are at the jail 24/7
The new law goes into effect in September.
Source: Dallas Observer