The City of Austin is increasing No Refusal enforcement this holiday season. During No Refusal, Austin Police Department detectives will apply for blood search warrants in cases where a driver under arrest for driving while impaired refuses to provide a voluntary sample of breath or blood.
By increasing enforcement from Thanksgiving through early January, the City hopes to encourage residents and visitors to plan a safe ride home this holiday season before the celebrations begin. Impaired driving is a leading cause of serious injuries and fatalities on Austin area roadways.
“Our goal with No Refusal is to deter impaired driving so everyone can make it home safely after their holiday parties with friends and family,” said Robert Spillar, Director for Austin Transportation. “This is about encouraging everyone to get home safely by planning ahead.”
Austin residents and visitors can go to AustinTexas.Gov/GetHomeSafe to learn about their options for a safe ride to and from holiday parties, events, and other special occasions.
“Since January, our officers have made more than 1,500 arrests through No Refusal,” Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said. “This initiative ensures we have sufficient evidence for the county or district attorney to prosecute offenders. Please don’t put yourself and others in danger. Before heading out, plan ahead to make it home safe."
Austin Transportation funds No Refusal as part of Vision Zero, which seeks to achieve the City’s goal of zero traffic deaths and serious injuries on Austin roadways. This effort complements APD enforcement of other dangerous driving behaviors that are common contributors to deadly and serious crashes, which includes speeding, failing to yield, and distracted driving.