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Jim Guidry Commentaries
Harris County
Harris County District Attorney's Office
News Release
Friday, December 30, 2011

DA Lykos Promises Dangerous Drivers "No Excuses, No Refusal" this Weekend
Prosecutors, law-enforcement, judges and nurses team to take dangers drivers off the road

Houston, Texas - As New Year's celebrations approach, District Attorney Pat Lykos today reminded the citizens of Harris County that her prosecutors will be out in full force this weekend, working with area law-enforcement officers to take intoxicated drivers off the streets.

"Every New Year's holiday," Lykos said, "irresponsible drivers turn what should be a time of happiness and celebration into a day of carnage and sadness on our roadways. I want everyone to enjoy the holiday, but to do so responsibly. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. If you are under the influence and get behind the wheel, we will be coming to put you in jail," Lykos promised.

Under the No Refusal program, Assistant District Attorneys partner with medical personnel and law enforcement officers who conduct special DWI enforcement patrols. State law authorizes the teams to draw blood samples from suspected DWI motorists who refuse voluntary breath tests.

Using these methods during the recent Christmas holiday weekend, the District Attorney's Office charged 156 drivers with intoxication offenses, including two people charged with offenses that caused serious bodily injury to others.  Forty-one people were charged with driving while intoxicated with a breath alcohol concentration of more than 0.15, a figure nearly twice the normal limit of 0.08.

"We will change Harris County from being notorious for drunken driving deaths, to being recognized for making our streets safer. No excuses, no refusal," Lykos concluded.




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