‘No refusal’ DWI program in effect for holiday

Posted Friday, May. 24, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Police departments throughout Tarrant County will be on the lookout for drunken drivers as part of a “no refusal” weekend.

This is the first time Tarrant County has implemented a “no refusal” campaign over Memorial Day weekend. The initiative was made possible by a $300,430 grant that expanded the program from two holidays to seven, according to a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

Patrol officers will get quick authorization to execute search warrants to draw blood from people who refuse to take a breath test after they are pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving. The program runs from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. and ends Tuesday.

The names and ages of drivers eventually charged with driving while intoxicated during the “no refusal” initiative will be published on the district’s attorney’s website, www.tarrantda.com — Sarah Bahari

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