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Bad Luck of the Draw

Dallas police bring back No-Refusal DWI Initiative



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    Someone is in trouble.

    Ah, the holidays … a time for giving.

    Wait, wrong holiday. That might be why the Dallas Police Department is more in the mood for taking. The department rolled out the No-Refusal DWI Initiative for the Labor Day weekend.

    Get pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving, fail the field sobriety test, refuse a Breathalyzer, and roll up your sleeve, baby, because they are going to take a blood sample, and they can do it the easy way or they can do it the hard way. But they will do it.

    You will, by God, roll up your sleeve and bleed if they suspect you of drunken driving.

    The move comes during this weekend as opposed, say, to last weekend because Labor Day represents the last big blowout of the summer. People hit the lakes, the pools, the backyard barbecues for ostensibly the last time of the season, and officials, I guess, believe the time’s right to round up all the extra, part-time drunks out on the street. Experienced drunks stand the chance of getting the needle, too, but they’re probably more aware of the initiative, so they’ll likely call a cab and leave the rookies out there as bait.

    It might be a good idea to swing your business to a taxi company rather than a licensed health care professional.

    In other words, don’t drive drunk.

    Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He never drives drunk. He calls a cab, and they know him by first name.