DPD Warns of No Refusal Weekend

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    NEWSLETTERS

    This afternoon officially starts the Memorial Day weekend as well as the Dallas Police Department's No Refusal Weekend.

    Beginning at 6 p.m., and ending at 6 a.m. Tuesday, officers will secure a search warrant for a blood sample from any driver arrested on suspicion of drunken driving who also refuses to voluntarily give a breath or blood sample.

    That means if you're pulled over and refuse field sobriety tests, you'll be arrested and held until your blood can be taken.

    Typically, during No Refusal Weekends, jails have judges on site to sign warrants, as well as having nursing staff available to draw blood and determine if a driver is intoxicated.

    According to a past report on NBCDFW, Texas continues to lead the nation with drunk driving related deaths -- a status the Lone Star State has unfortunately held since the mid 1990's.

    Other cities in the state, such as Austin, are also taking part.  It's probably wise to just assume they are going on everywhere. So, go ahead and reserve your taxi or pick a buddy to be your designated driver.  Come to think of it, that's pretty good thinking at any time.