Motorists who have faced charges of impaired driving are getting louder in their protests against the tactics and protocols used by law enforcement agencies. Yes, impaired driving kills. It's a tragedy that forever changes families as well as destroying lives. But the effort to detect a danger has led some legislators to approve methods which are very suspect and deprive innocent people of their constitutional rights.
One of their own, Rep Dean Davis, knows this all too well. He was charged by Broken Arrow Police, last summer. When he retained his 4th amendment right of privacy, he was promptly arrested for doing so. The lone cop had no video evidence and even when the lawmaker consented to a 3rd party blood test, the cop refused that option and the lawmaker spent the night in the county jail. His case is still in litigation.
One lawmaker was studying a new standard based on 'what the driver's best capabilities are', and charging them for any 'slightest impairment'. He pulled that bill and is seeking further study.
We talked with a few lawmakers and asked;
"What about the 84 year old lady in our neighborhood who still drives even though she's far from capable of passing a Drivers License road test?".
Clearly we need a threshold of competence to share the public road with others while driving deadly weapons(vehicles).