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Monday, August 27, 2012
NO-REFUSAL LABOR DAY WEEKEND IN GALVESTON COUNTY
– Galveston County Criminal District Attorney Jack Roady announced today that his office will join law enforcement agencies across Galveston County in enforcing a No-Refusal Labor Day Weekend from Friday, August 31st through Monday, September 3rd.
“In 2010, over one third of all traffic fatalities in Texas were caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol,” Roady said. “The risks are higher around holiday weekends. Drunk drivers had better consider the costs before getting behind the wheel.”
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 will be working 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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