Drunken Drivers, Dallas Co. Deputies Are Watching

Some drivers will face mandatory blood draws if they refuse breathalyzer

If you're going to be traveling on Dallas County highways this holiday weekend, the Sheriff's Department wants to remind you not to drink and drive.

Deputies will be out in full force looking for drunken drivers.

As you get ready to go out and celebrate New Year's Eve, Dallas County Sheriff Deputies are preparing as well.

"It's going to be a busy weekend," said Deputy Sgt. Tim McKinzie. "We're setting this up to start tonight, and we're going to end it at 4 a.m. Sunday morning."

"We've stepped up our operations and we have extra offcuts that are working in addition to the officers that normally work the streets," McKinzie said.

Drivers suspected of DWI who are involved in a crash, traveling with children younger than 15 or have prior DWI convictions will be subjected to a mandatory blood draw if they refuse a breathalyzer.

"We will bring them down to Lew Sterrett Justice Center, and our nurses are prepared to take their blood," McKinzie said.

Deputies said they want to make sure North Texans celebrating New Year's make it through to 2010.

"If you can get one off the road, you've saved many lives," McKinzie said.

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