The Austin Police Department will enforce a “No-Refusal” initiative for New Year’s weekend. The initiative will start at 9 p.m. on Friday, December 28, 2012 and end on
Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 5 a.m.
The 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.
About 26 percent of this year’s traffic fatalities have been alcohol related.
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.
“New Year’s Weekend No Refusal Initiative”
Friday, December 28, 2012 9 p.m. – Tuesday, January 1, 2013, 5 a.m.
Communications and Public Information Office
301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701