Breathalyzer Request and Minors in Michigan
The Michigan House of Representative just passed a bill that would allow minors to refuse a breathalyzer test if requested by a police officer. This bill now moves on to the Michigan Senate for their consideration.
House Bill 4213 is sponsored by State Rep. Pete Lucido, a Republican from Macomb County's Shelby Township. The law if passed by the Senate and signed by the governor would not allow the state to issue any tickets and/or fines as well as add two points to a minor's driving record for refusing to submit to a Breathalyzer.
It appears to me that the only change to current Michigan law would be the elimination of any tickets, fines or points for the minor’s refusal to take a Breathalyzer.
After speaking with State Representative Lucido this morning before my show, he informed me that this has to do with minors who are not driving but may be in a car as a passenger, walking down the street or at a party.
I will be discussing this bill with State Representative Lucido this morning on the Live with Renk show at 9:00 this morning. Please join us to hear what this bill does entail and why he introduced it.
Currently under Michigan law you could refuse to take the Breathalyzer test, but you would have to pay a fine and your license would be suspended if you are driving. Also if the police officer has some other reason to believe you had been drinking and driving, the officer could still arrest you and then under state law you would be required to take a test.
This bill though does not have to do with drinking and driving but only deals with a minor and consumption of alcohol.
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