Senate delays vote on removing time limits for DUI tests

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Questions over the legal implications of removing a time limit on drunken driving tests have led the Senate to delay a vote on the matter until later this week.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Diane Black, a Gallatin Republican, would get rid of the current requirement that blood alcohol tests be taken within two hours of a driver's stop.

Black says that officers in rural areas can have a hard time getting the tests done within two hours.

But Sen. Joe Haynes, a Goodlettsville Democrat, argued that the longer police wait to take the test, the more blood alcohol levels may widely vary from how intoxicated the driver was at the time of the stop.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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