BALTIMORE —A new state Court of Appeals ruling says the licenses of drivers who refuse a blood-alcohol breath test can be suspended, even if they're not driving or attempting to drive.
Drivers are horrified. Many asked why doing the right thing gets them in trouble.
Impaired drivers trying to do the right thing: pulling off the roadway, putting the vehicle in park, calling a friend or taxi to handle the rest of the trip, sleeping it off. But guess what? They're still in trouble.
"Once they smell the alcohol and you are in the driver's seat and you have the keys on your person you are in trouble even if you are sleeping," DUI attorney Bruce Robinson said.
Robinson is an expert in DUI cases. He said the state's highest court recently upheld current law saying police, with reasonable suspicion, can still request an alcohol breath test even when the motorist is spotted parked along the side of the road. Drivers who refuse get their license suspended.