A no refusal period for suspected drunken drivers begins Wednesday night and runs through Monday, the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday
“We wish all citizens a safe and happy holiday and hope that those planning to celebrate with alcohol will do so responsibly,” said Assistant District Attorney Richard Alpert said in a prepared statement. “The alternative will put you in a place where you will have very little to be thankful for.”
From 9:30 p.m. Wednesday to 5:30 a.m. Monday, law enforcement agencies across the county will be prepared to use search warrants to force suspected drunken drivers to submit to blood tests if they refuse to give breath tests.
The operations are funded by a $311,933 grant that pays for the cost of nurses and technicians who draw blood, supplies and laboratory analysis, according to a press release.
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Thanksgiving is among several no refusal holidays and special events. Halloween was the last holiday to be added to the list with police arresting more than 50 people for suspected drunken driving between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2, according to the DA’s website.
Those who are arrested and charged with a DWI during a no-refusal weekend will have their names and ages published on the website. — Monica S. Nagy