TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – For the first time, Tarrant County law enforcement agencies will be implementing a “No Refusal” drinking and driving campaign during Super Bowl Sunday.
After being involved with the No Refusal program for nearly six years Assistant District Attorney Richard Alpert said they continue to push the message that people should not drive after drinking and the numbers show it’s having a positive impact.
“We had about a third of the number of arrests this New Year’s that we had last New Year’s and the only thing we’ve done differently between those two is No Refusal,” Alpert explained. “So we believe it works. We believe that most people get the message and don’t get out on the roads and put themselves and others at risk.”
Tarrant County officials have chosen both traditional and non-traditional days to enforce the No Refusal campaign. Alpert said authorities, “Tried to pick about seven other what we call holidays where we think that people’s partying habits and celebration habits might make them more likely to be on the roads and driving while impaired or intoxicated.”
Last year the county received a $300,430 grant to expand the program beyond typical holidays. There will be at least 26 law enforcement agencies out looking for drunk drivers. “They will not only be looking but they will have the resources available so they can have quick access to judges, quick access to nurses to do the blood draws, and the ability to get warrants,” Alpert said.
In addition to risking your life and the lives of others, Alpert said unless you have an extra $5,000 to $10,000 to pay for a lawyer everyone should make sure to have a designated driver. Anyone arrested and charged with DWI during the “No Refusal” initiative will also have their names and ages published on the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office website.
The Tarrant County Super Bowl “No Refusal” campaign begins at 8 p.m. Sunday and runs through 4 a.m. Monday.
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