About one in four drunken driving suspects refuse to take breath tests, the department said, and law enforcement officials described the approach as a loophole commonly used to avoid prosecution. The government said the no refusal initiative exists in 9 states - Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Texas and Utah - and others should adopt it.
"These aren't new laws or regulations," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "They're efforts to streamline existing procedures while protecting due process to ensure that drunk drivers can't skirt the consequences of their actions." LaHood said the department would help states implement the policy in their departments.
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