Tarrant DA expands 'No Refusal' program to Christmas

Posted Friday, Dec. 21, 2012  comments  Print Reprints

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The Tarrant County District Attorney's office on Friday issued a reminder to drivers that it has expanded the "No Refusal" campaign against drunk driving to the Christmas holiday.

From Sunday until Tuesday, participating law enforcement agencies that arrest drivers on suspicion of driving while intoxicated between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. will use search warrants to draw blood specimens from those who refuse to take a breath test, a spokeswoman said in a statement.

The program up to now has been conducted on Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve, Super Bowl, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. The district attorney's office recently received a $300,430 grant to expand the "no refusal" program.

This year's New Year's Eve campaign will run from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Dec. 31 through Jan. 1, the statement said.

Dozens of people were arrested for alcohol-related driving offenses during the Thanksgiving campaign, which was held Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 21-25.

The district attorney's office publishes the names and ages of those arrested during the program on the district attorney's office website www.tarrantda.com.

Alex Branch, 817-390-7689

Twitter: @albranch1

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