I'm inclined to try to help the police as well but I also know that the police will say lots of things about what they think they're allowed to do and demand and they are sometimes wrong and that sometimes the rules that apply to them don't apply (or indemnify) us.As a former cop, I am more than happy to help bring down an intoxicated driver. Don't want this drunk guy to take out some innocent family someday....
ACEP's Policy Statement on the topic:
I guess I was wrong... Illinois has a law which mandates that physicians release a patient's BAC if they request it.
My concern stems from belief that this is heavy-handed government slowly chipping away at our Bill of Rights. The 5th Amendment clearly says that citizens can refuse self-incrimination. I realize that the judicial system has ruled mandatory blood draws constitutional, but SCOTUS has ruled a lot of things Constitutional or Unconstitutional that I disagree with. I see no difference between being forced to comply with verbal interrogations and being forced to comply with blood draws, DNA, or fingerprints prior to conviction.