New Ohio Law Targets Repeat Drunken Drivers

COLUMBUS (AP) - Authorities in Ohio can now force drivers who have two or more drunken driving convictions to submit to a blood or urine test without their consent.

A new law that takes effect Tuesday gives police more leeway than most states to compel blood or urine tests for repeat offenders suspected of drunken driving. A few other states require mandatory blood testing but only in certain circumstances.

The law applies to people convicted of intoxicated driving twice in six years or five times in 20 years. It also requires an online database to track offenders with drunken-driving and related convictions.

Supporters say it will help stop dangerous behavior. But civil liberties advocates call it unconstitutional and plan to challenge it.