- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Eugene police got warrants to draw blood from one of nine drivers arrested on impaired driving charges during a “no refusal” crackdown July 4.

The authorities had prosecutors, a judge and blood technicians on standby to get quick warrants for blood draws when drunken driving suspects refused breath tests during a six-hour period beginning at 9 p.m. on Independence Day.

Under Oregon law, drivers who refuse a breath test lose their licenses for a year, but may be able to escape a harsher penalty in court.

Officers can still seek a warrant for a blood draw to get the evidence for a conviction, but Eugene police that’s harder to accomplish after business hours and done only on a case-by-case basis.

Police say more American drivers are refusing breath tests.

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