Tarrant law enforcement will crack down on DWI on Super Bowl Sunday

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Take a designated driver to your Super Bowl party, Tarrant County authorities say.

For the first time, county law enforcement agencies have added Super Bowl Sunday to the list of "no refusal" DWI days, according to the district attorney's office.

From 8 p.m. Sunday until 4 a.m. Monday, people arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated who decline to take a breath test will be required to hold out an arm for a blood draw. Authorities are prepared to expedite search warrants that authorize the forced blood draws.

People who are later charged with DWI will have their names and ages posted on the district attorney's website. The county received a $300,000 state grant to expand the campaign to include Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve, the Super Bowl, Memorial Day, July Fourth and Labor Day.

"Regardless of who wins the big game, those who ignore our warning and drive while intoxicated will lose," Assistant District Attorney Richard Alpert said in a statement.

"They will lose their ability to refuse to give evidence of their intoxication, their liberty while in jail, and thousands of dollars spent on an attorney to deal with the consequences of their arrest."

Alex Branch, 817-390-7689

Twitter: @albranch1

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