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Georgia officers to learn to draw blood for DUI cases

Posted at 3:42 PM, Aug 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-23 15:42:06-04

ATLANTA, Ga. (WTXL) — State officials say a new grant will be used to provide training for Georgia law enforcement officers to draw blood from drivers suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety says it has received an impaired driving grant of about $44,000 that it plans to use to establish a phlebotomy program.

The agency says it will be used to train state and local officers and to buy equipment for the certified officers to use to draw blood.

The agency says that training officers to draw blood will help in the prosecution of DUI cases because it will provide critical toxicology evidence.