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4:49 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Supreme Court Weighs Warrantless Blood Tests In Drunken-Driving Cases

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 6:53 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case testing whether the police must get a warrant before ordering blood to be drawn from an unwilling drunken-driving suspect.

The court has long held that, except in emergency situations, warrants are required when government officials order bodily intrusions like a blood draw. But in Wednesday's case, the state of Missouri and the Obama administration contended that warrants should not be required before administering blood tests to suspected drunken drivers.

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US Supreme Court
4:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

US Supreme Court To Hear Mo. Drunk Driving Case On Wednesday

The United States Supreme Court building in Washington, DC.
(via Flickr/Phil Roeder)

Reporting by Jacob McCleland of KRCU.

The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments this Wednesday (today) to determine whether police officers can take blood tests from drunk driving suspects without a warrant.

The case springs from a drunk driving arrest in Cape Girardeau in 2010.

Audio will be available later.

The United States Supreme Court will tackle the question of whether or not police must obtain a search warrant prior to conducting blood tests in drunk driving arrests.

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US Supreme Court
5:59 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

US Supreme Court To Take On Missouri Drunk Driving Case

The United States Supreme Court building in Washington, DC.
(via Flickr/Phil Roeder)

Jacob McCleland of KRCU's reporting used in this story.

The US Supreme Court will pick up a case that could determine whether police can legally administer blood tests without a warrant.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol officer took Tyler McNeely to a Cape Girardeau hospital for blood tests after he failed field sobriety tests but refused the breathalyzer.

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Cell Phone Laws
1:33 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

On a phone? Driving a car? In Illinois? Make sure you're not breaking any of these new laws

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Illinois drivers are coming under more pressure to stay off their cellphones.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed four laws Friday aimed at making roadways safer.

Three of them confront the problem of drivers becoming distracted by talking and texting on their cellphones, something that U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has called a "national epidemic."

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Teens / Drunk Driving
3:08 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Do strict laws keep teens from driving drunk?

A chart illustrates data collected in the study, and shows the relationship between the percentage of states with graduated teen driving laws and the percentage of teens who drove after drinking themselves, or rode with a driver who had been drinking.
Patricia Cavazos-Rehg

New research out of Washington University suggests the answer is "yes" to our headline question - that laws restricting how late at night teens can drive or how many passengers they can have may also be keeping teens from driving drunk.

The study used data from 1999 to 2009 on teen drinking and driving in 45 states with graduated driving licensing laws.

Wash U. psychologist Patricia Cavazos-Rehg led the study. She says states adopted teen driving restrictions at different times, and that some states are stricter than others.

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Police crack down on distracted drivers
6:30 am
Mon May 28, 2012

State police out in force on Memorial Day

Lori Popejoy became emotional when describing her son Adam, who was killed in 2002 when he failed to pay attention behind the wheel.
(Bill Raack/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Highway Patrol and the Illinois State Police are urging drivers to slow down, buckle up and eliminate possible distractions in their cars as they return home from the Memorial Day weekend.

"Inattentive driving is a big problem. We see not only texting on cell phones; we also see reading books and newspapers, putting on makeup, eating full meals in cars," said Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

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Morning round-up
6:18 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Morning headlines - Monday, May 28, 2012

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Todd Epsten dies; former president of the Board of Police Commissioners was chair of the state's largest liquor distributor

The former head of the appointed board that oversees the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has died.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Todd Epsten, who was the chairman of liquor distributor Major Brands, died Saturday of brain cancer. He was 52.

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Speeding
12:40 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Lead foot? Ill. may get tougher on excessive speeding

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Illinois may get tougher on drivers who don't just break the speed limit but shatter it.

The state Senate voted Friday to deny the option of court supervision when drivers break the limit by certain amounts: over 25 mph on city streets and over 30 mph on highways.

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Texting While Driving
10:05 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Mo. senator Wright-Jones wants texting ban as secondary offense

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A proposed compromise to expand Missouri's texting-while-driving law appears to have fallen flat in a Senate committee.

The Senate Transportation Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill by that would prohibit all drivers - not just those 21 and younger - from texting while driving. Because similar bills have failed in the past, Democratic Sen. Robin Wright-Jones of St. Louis proposed making texting a secondary offense - meaning police would have to pull motorists over for something else before they could write a ticket for texting.

Christmas crashes
9:53 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Three people killed on Mo. roads over Christmas

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Fatalities and drunken driving arrests were up this Christmas season, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

From 6 p.m. Friday until just before midnight on Sunday, state troopers investigated 213 crashes, which included two of the three fatalities and 67 injuries. Fifty-six people were arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Last year, troopers investigated 487 crashes, including one of two fatalities and 122 injuries, and arrested 51 people for impaired driving.

This year's fatalities were:

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