CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A bill passed by the West Virginia House Judiciary Committee would take the licenses of drivers who refuse a blood test after an arrest.Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proposed the change to try to crack down on drugged driving in the state. Currently drivers can lose their licenses for refusing a breath test after being arrested, but breath tests are useless for detecting drugs. State police say they need to use blood tests to prosecute drugged drivers.
The bill passed on a split voice vote Tuesday after contentious debate.Opponents of the bill said a blood test is a much more invasive search than a breath test. They were also concerned that the legislation does not set specific guidelines for what levels of drugs in the blood are considered intoxicating.