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Public Safety News
Galveston County Criminal District Attorney's Office
News Release
Friday, September 02, 2011

DISTRICT ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES
NO-REFUSAL LABOR DAY WEEKEND

GALVESTON, Texas – Galveston County Criminal District Attorney Jack Roady announced today that his office will join law enforcement agencies across Galveston County in sponsoring a No-Refusal Labor Day Weekend from Friday, September 2nd through Monday, September 5th.

“The ultimate goal of a No-Refusal weekend is not to put people in jail but to promote public safety,” Roady said. “We want to raise public awareness and deter drunk driving from the start. Past experience demonstrates that this program works.”

Law enforcement agencies throughout the County will be taking part in the program, including the Dickinson Police Department, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, Clear Lake Shores Police Department, Friendswood Police Department, Galveston Police Department, Hitchcock Police Department, Kemah Police Department and League City Police Department.

In Texas, anyone driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher is considered legally impaired. However, an increasing number of impaired drivers refuse to submit to BAC testing in an attempt to avoid—or have reduced—the criminal sanctions they could face upon conviction. Under the No Refusal program, police officers may seek blood search warrants for offenders who are arrested for DWI and refuse the officer’s request for testing. Blood samples collected can be used as evidence in the DWI cases.

Local judges have volunteered their time throughout the weekend to make probable cause determinations and authorize the blood search warrants. Prosecutors and nurses will join the judges in working through the night in the effort to cut down on drunk driving offenses.






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