The Transportation Code has been amended by the Texas Legislature to allow blood samples to be taken by Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). The new rules governing blood draws during a DWI stop took effect September 1, 2013. Prior to the change in law, only authorized physicians, nurses, specifically trained technicians or chemists to withdraw blood from a suspect in a DWI case. Under the old law, it took time to get the alleged drunk driver to the authorized person to draw blood samples. The new law allows EMTs to perform this task, paving the way for more roadside blood draws. Many police officers are also trained as EMTs. Additionally, if an ambulance is called to the scene of an accident, an EMT would be present to perform the blood draw.
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