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Drugged Driver Takes Step Forward

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia Senate has passed a bill that intends to crack down on drugged driving but is much weaker than a version passed by the House.

The bill passed unanimously Saturday would not revoke a driver's license if he or she refuses to take a blood test

Currently if an arrested driver refuses a breath test, the state can revoke the driver's license. But breath tests are useless for detecting drugs, so Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proposed instituting the same punishment for refusing a blood test. The House bill is similar to Tomblin's.

The bill gives police more time after an arrest to seek a search warrant that would allow them to perform a blood test.

The bill will be sent to the House to hash out the differences.

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