Abuse of pills, regional blood lab top concerns
When legislators convene in Raleigh this month, there are two pressing concerns for this region that must be addressed.
One is the need for a blood alcohol testing facility in Western North Carolina.
It’s been estimated that nearly half of the driving while impaired cases brought to court in the region are dismissed because the the lab analyst who performed the test isn’t available to testify.
Courts have ruled that video testimony is invalid, and a five-hour, one-way trip to Western North Carolina makes it difficult to ensure that a State Bureau of Investigation lab analyst can be available for trials, especially when trial dates are set and attorneys are routinely allowed to postpone them.
Those who carefully follow the driving while impaired cases are convinced that having a lab in the ...