Cops Get Serious for St. Paddy's, Spring Break Combo

By Frank Heinz
|  Saturday, Mar 13, 2010  |  Updated 10:16 AM CDT
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Cops Get Serious for St. Paddy's, Spring Break Combo

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A man is given a field sobriety test -- you don't want to do this.

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It's not St. Paddy's Day just yet, but celebrations will be in full force this weekend -- and so will police searching for drunken drivers and disorderly revelers.

Starting Friday night, the Dallas Police Department aren't taking no for an answer when drivers are pulled over under suspicion of drunken driving.  If a driver refuses a test, a warrant will be requested to get a blood sample.

The no-refusal initiative runs through 5 a.m. Sunday morning.

Teens, who obviously aren't old enough to drink, don't think you are safe from the long arm of the law either.  With spring break starting for many students this weekend, the police are looking for you also.

In Irving, officers are stepping up patrols for the annual Spring Break Enforcement Crackdown.  Officers will be aggressively looking for drunken drivers, speeders and seat belt violators.  The crackdown runs through March 21.

Many other cities across the Metroplex will be taking similar measures. Don't say you haven't been warned.

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