Preparations For 1st Statewide 4th Of July “No Refusal” Weekend

TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Fourth of July weekend is reportedly one of the deadliest holiday weekends on Texas roads. This year  law enforcement agencies have united to enforce a statewide “no refusal” weekend.

The Texas “no refusal” campaign is the first statewide program in the nation for the July 4th weekend.

As a part of the No Refusal Weekend, anyone suspected of driving or boating while intoxicated, and who refuses to submit to a breathalyzer test, will have a search warrant issued against them for police to take a blood specimen.

Carol Rawson, the Traffic Operations Director with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), said in a press release, “The Fourth of July is about celebrating freedom and if people choose to drink and drive, they stand to lose that freedom and end up in jail.”

According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over the past 25 years nearly half of the automobile crashes that occur over the 4th of July Weekend involve alcohol. In 2010 alone, law enforcement officials in Texas responded to more than 330 crashes over the three-day weekend.

In Texas, as well as the rest of the country, anyone driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher is considered legally impaired.

The No Refusal Weekend period begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 1, and ends at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5.

Bill Rayborn, with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), says, “This is by far the biggest, widest spread effort in the state of Texas to date.” Rayborn says the initiative is unique because the Texas push for No Refusal enforcement was a grassroots movement. “It’s a collaborative effort of like minded people committed to combating the DWI problem.”

DPS and other law enforcement agencies across the state have received federal grant money to help pay for the cost of increased law enforcement efforts over the holiday weekend.

Officials say the ultimate goal of the program is to protect the public from intoxicated drivers on roadways and waterways.

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  • callen

    The article says that this will only affect about half the drivers of automobile crashes over the holiday period — those drivers who are intoxicated. My question is What about the other half of the crashes? What will be done to punish those drivers too? It is about time that everyone who drives and crashes needs to be thrown in jail. Why ONLY those involving alcohol????????

    • truthtoday

      Because the others are accidents. The ones drinking and driving are idiots that should be thrown in jail. moron

      • callen

        truthtoday, Are you kidding me? A crash is just as serious, whether it is an accident, or not. Right? Right?? The threat of prison will make ALL drivers more responsible. That is the WHOLE concept of “no refusal” and the anti-drunk driving campaign, and prison or jail in general. Simply said, drivers will be more CAREFUL. We use the threat of prison as a means to affect the behavior of all Americans. It is our way of life. And we have more people in jail or prison than any other nation on the planet. Thank God they are there instead of out causing more harm.

  • Blind Sight

    Because those driving and drinking are doing something illegal. The other aer making some kind of mistake, not stopping fast enough driving faster, then the should hittinhg brakes to hard on wet street not seeing something on the road or another vehicle about to enter road.

    • Jhud

      No genius….they are breaking the law also by doing what you say. Speeding, not stopping properly, following to close, uncontrollable speed, etc….they are illegal also and are subject to a fine. Your argument is not accurate.

      • truthtoday

        they get a ticket and insurance increase etc. But jail is not an option on minor accidents. Now, if it is with intent or malice then maybe a officer will see to it that they get more. But if you drink and drive you go to jail. NUFF SAID

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  • Sober

    There is no resonable suspsion I was drinking, and I have the right to refuse this warrentless search. Go ahead, arrest me and take my blood. you will find there is nothing there. Then I gonna get me a ALCU attny and clean the state out.

    good luck with this feel good low hanging fruit program

    • dwayne

      clean the state out, nutt—try cleaning the state out with these mexicans

    • Careful Speech

      ALCU? American League of Citizens Uneducated.

      If you knew more about the program, it is not warrantless. Judges are on the clock to issue warrants.

      • Long Memory

        The problem is, a warrant requires probable cause (or at least it used to before we all became property of the state) — this policy essentially says that your refusal to submit to a breath test constitutes probable cause. We are on a dangerous course.

    • Careful Speech

      Long Memory,

      The probable cause is ‘showing signs of intoxication’ which could be one more of several different signs. Odor of intoxicant, failing a pen test, slurred speech, inability to walk a straight line. If you show signs of intoxication, you are then taken to a precinct where a bac breath test is administered. If you refuse, a warrant for a blood test will be issued to get the proof they to put it beyond a reasonable doubt.

  • JP

    I wish they would enforce DWI laws like that every day and not just the July 4th weekend. Forty years ago a drunk driver almost killed me and I still suffer from my injuries.

  • Monroe White III

    Well if they REALLY want to prevent car accidents due to people drinking and driving during holidays like the 4th of July, then WHY don’t they force DART to run their TRE trains between Dallas and Fort Worth on holidays like the 4th of July? There’s NO TRE SERVICE on ANY major holidays, including the 4th of July, even though every other DART train runs during holidays on a special weekend schedule. So WHY is this allowed to happen, if they REALLY want to reduce the number of car accidents on I-30 between Fort Worth and Dallas, on the 4th of July? THEY REALLY ONLY CARE ABOUT MAKING MONEY, AND NOT DOING ALL THEY COULD BE DOING TO PREVENT DRUNK DRIVING DURING HOLIDAYS!

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