The Dallas Morning News
March 15, 2010

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Dallas police want to join a growing national trend by making all suspected drunken drivers take a blood test, but the price tag for such a program may be too high for now.

Under a proposed policy, the Breathalyzer would become a thing of the past. And police would seek a search warrant to get blood from any suspected DWI driver who refused to take the blood test.

But preliminary figures – which indicate the program would cost the city of Dallas at least an additional $360,000 a year – may mean it stays on the back burner during the tough economic climate.

Some officials do believe the costs of such a program could be partially offset by other savings.

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