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"No refusal" policy leads to DWI arrests by Austin police


Every weekend, drivers are urged to make responsible decisions and to find another way home rather than driving while intoxicated. Most of the time, people make a responsible decision if they have had too much to drink. However, maybe a person lost track of how many drinks they had at a Memorial Day gathering with family or friends. Driving while intoxicated over the legal BAC limit of .08 can result in a person being arrested for DWI.

The same will be said about drivers over the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend. This is a time to celebrate, relax and enjoy free time with friends and family. However, no doubt, arrests will be made in connection with DWI charges. One new tactic Austin police have been using to catch intoxicated drivers is called "no refusal" initiatives. These are used as a way for police to secure warrants to draw blood from drivers unwilling to provide a simple voluntarily or submit to a breathalyzer.

These initiatives were released as in effect as of January of this year through September of this year. It is likely that the Austin police will be utilizing this tactic over the upcoming holiday weekend. The initiative typically runs from 9 p.m. at night until 5 a.m. the following morning and has been successful in its attempt to net and arrest intoxicated Austin drivers. It is important for those who may be out over the holiday weekend to plan for a sober ride.

Skeptics have referred to the police's attempts to catch DWI drivers by forcing drivers to submit to a blood test on the spot as a way for them to earn revenue. The Austin police officers response was that they are simply looking for a way to properly measure blood alcohol levels at the time a driver is suspected of intoxicated driver. The process could just as easily clear a driver if their blood alcohol level is not above the legal limit.

Source: patch.com, "Austin Police Make 160-Plus DWI Arrests During Memorial Day/ROT Rally Periods," Tony Cantu, June 15, 2017

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