This “No Refusal” DWI initiative will run March 1 – March 19.
The Austin Police Department (APD) began its Extended DWI Enforcement initiative for Spring Break and SXSW last Thursday. This initiative is a “No Refusal” DWI initiative, in which officers would apply for search warrants to obtain blood from operators suspected to be impaired and refuse to provide a breath or blood sample.
This initiative will run March 1 – March 19. During each of the respective dates, the initiative operational hours will be from 3 p.m. – 5 a.m. The DWI initiative is an effort to enforce DWI laws, keep the public safe, and to conduct blood search warrants on suspects who refuse to give a breath or blood specimen as required by law.
This period in and around both Spring Break and SXSW is often associated with parties and gatherings in which alcohol is present. APD encourages everyone to make the responsible choice not to drive if they are impaired in any way. APD is focused on saving lives in the Austin metropolitan area and making the roadways safe for everyone through education and enforcement.
For more information on how to get home safely, visit: austintexas.gov/GetHomeSafe
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