SANDY K. HUGHES
I am not a writer. That being said, I would like to see an article on “implied consent laws in Pennsylvania.
The the state of Pennsylvania has not conformed to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the matter. The excuse to say a warrant can’t be got after 5 p.m. any day of the week is hard to believe in today’s electronic age.
I have done loads of research online and the fact is, an electronic warrant to take blood is only as hard as a phone call. There are 11 states that have implied consent on the books. The fact is that Pennsylvania is showing motorists they do not have to follow the laws of the nation.
There are 67 counties in Pennsylvania and, according to the Bedford County district attorney, all 67 counties are handling the high court ruling differently.
That is an outrage. Is Pennsylvania a country unto itself? I have personal experience on this. I was pulled over after a very emotionally draining day. I was screamed at by the officer.
Instead of letting me speak, he was answering his own questions. What would anyone do? Be quiet. Then it’s a trip to the hospital, where you are told that, if you do not allow a blood draw, you will see the inside of a jail cell and lose your license for a year. I had just lost a very dear friend and I felt like a raw nerve. I didn’t submit. Now I spend a lot of hours watching online about “implied consent” and how other states are handling it. They get warrants.