The Austin Police Department will enforce a “No-Refusal” initiative starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013, and ending on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 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. A high number of DWI arrests are made in Austin each year.
The 82nd Legislature passed HB1199 which implemented a higher class of offense for those whose blood alcohol concentration is at or above .15. Those found to have a blood alcohol concentration of .15 or above will be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor which carries a maximum sentence of one year confinement in jail and a $4,000 fine for the first time offenders. This law went into effect on September 1, 2011.
APD is focused on saving lives on the streets and highways of Austin and making Austin roadways safe for everyone through education and enforcement.
July 4th “No Refusal” Initiative
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 9 p.m.
Sunday July 7, 2013, 5 a.m.