'No refusal' weekends expanding in Tarrant County

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The Tarrant County district attorney’s office has received a $300,430 grant to expand "no refusal" anti-DWI holiday weekends from two to seven, the office said this week.

Patrol officers in participating cities will be authorized to execute search warrants, and blood will be drawn from drivers who refuse to take a blood or breath test.

The grant will be used in part to teach officers how to draw blood, a news release said.

Patrols will be out looking for drunken drivers from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. through Sunday during the Thanksgiving holiday, and also before and during Christmas, New Year, the Super Bowl, Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day.

Names and ages of drivers charged with driving while intoxicated during a no-refusal initiative will be published on the district attorney’s website, www.tarrantda.com.

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