The Austin Police Department (APD) No Refusal Weekend DWI Initiative will resume today, Friday, January 5, 2018 and will last through Sunday, January 7, 2018. The initiative will operate from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day.
The next initiative will begin Friday, January 12 and last through Sunday, January, 14, 2018 and will be operational 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day.
During No Refusal, detectives will assist in applying for blood search warrants in cases where a suspect under arrest for DWI refuses to provide a voluntary sample of breath or blood. By expanding the initiative to all weekends instead of just holidays, APD hopes to deter drinking and driving when it is most likely to occur.
“No Refusal is not about making as many arrests as we can,” Lt. Blake Johnson with APD’s Highway Enforcement Unit said. "It’s about keeping unsafe drivers off Austin roadways and keeping the public safe. No Refusal ensures that we have solid blood alcohol content evidence of every arrest and as such enhances our ability to prosecute people who drive drunk and put others in danger.”
Weekends are often associated with parties and gatherings where alcohol is present. This initiative reminds everyone that area law enforcement agencies encourage them to make the responsible choice not to drive if they are impaired in any way. Know before you go, get home safe. APD is focused on saving lives in the Austin metropolitan area and making roadways safe through education and enforcement.
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