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Dallas Police Latest Department to Adopt "No Refusal" Policy



    The Dallas Police Department joins law enforcement across North Texas in a "no refusal" DWI initiative. (Published Thursday, July 3, 2014)

    Citizens pulled over for drinking and driving over the holiday weekend will have to give a breath or blood sample-- without exception.

    The Dallas Police Department will join law enforcement across the metroplex in a No Refusal DWI Initiative.

    Their goal is to decrease the number of people who will drink and drive this Fourth of July.

    Officers say if they want to test for a DWI, drivers cannot refuse.

    If drivers say 'no,' within an hour or two, officers will have a warrant from a judge to test the driver.

    Dallas Police Lt. Herbert Ashford said they want people to make plans for a ride home before they leave the house.

    "I know the Fourth of July is a major holiday. People do a lot of planning. They plan what they're going do, where they're going to go. They plan their menu. But we also ask them to plan what are you going to do if you decide to drink," Ashford said.

    The initiative starts Thursday at 6 p.m. and will be in place until Monday at 6 a.m.