In an effort to reduce impaired driving in the state, be the source legal or illegal drugs, the new DUI law will no longer offer suspects the option of a urine test and wiil require a trained health care professional to draw blood.The CHP says officers will no longer exposed to suspect’s bodily fluids and now trained healthcare professionals will draw samples. Authorities say in certain cases a urine test is still acceptable. If an individual is a hemophiliac or is taking anti-coagulants for a heart related condition then they would be allowed to provide a urine sample. Ultimately this legislation partners with another DUI law not set to take affect until 2014 which will distinguish whether an individual was arrested for a DUI for drugs or alcohol. Meanwhile the law on child passenger restraints has changed and now requires hospitals, clinics and birthing centers to inform parents about child safety seat requirements and installation. The new child passenger restraint law now includes children up to eight years or four feet nine inches tall The CHP says there are numerous child restraint systems including booster seats and the five-point harness seat which fit the bill depending on the age and weight of the child..reaction to this new law was mixed.Though some aspects of the new laws may seem bothersome authorities say these new laws are all designed to increase safety on the road.The CHP says many of the new laws have resulted from safety testing from the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration.
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