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Memorial Day “No Refusal” Begins Friday

Grilling, sunshine and spirits may already be on your Memorial Day weekend “to-do” list, but what about a designated driver?

Tarrant County is implementing a four-day “No Refusal” operation during the Memorial Day holiday in an effort to combat drunk driving. The initiative will run from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Friday through Monday.

During these times, participating police agencies will use search warrants to take blood specimens from people who are arrested for driving while intoxicated but refuse to take a breath test.

This is the first time Tarrant County has implemented a “No Refusal” campaign over the Memorial Day holiday. This initiative is made possible by a $300,430 grant that expanded Tarrant County’s “No Refusal” program from two holidays to seven. “No Refusal” holidays now include Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Super Bowl, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.

As usual, those who are arrested and charged with DWI during a “No Refusal” initiative will have their names and ages published on the DA’s website, www.tarrantda.com.

Thursday, May 23, 2013