A new law that took effect on August 1st, allows Washington State Patrol troopers to have blood drawn from drunken driving suspects, even if they won't give it voluntarily.

Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins says this allows repeat drunken driving cases to be handled as felonies from the time of arrest.

Felony DUI carries a 5-year sentence, versus 1-year for misdemeanor DUI.

Troopers don't draw blood themselves, but use a medical professional.

Calkins also says dispatchers have been trained to check records and let troopers know when they have stopped a felony suspect.

Do you have a problem with law enforcement being able to take a blood sample, even if you refuse at the scene?

Or do you think it's about time this law went into effect?

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