Between 9:00 pm Friday and 5:00 am Saturday, the Austin Police Department ran its ‘no refusal’ effort and arrested 25 motorists on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Texas. The initiative calls for anyone suspected of drunk driving in Austin to submit to a chemical test to check blood alcohol content. Of the 25 TX DWI arrests, 9 submitted to a breath test. The remaining 16 were forced to provide blood samples after a judge issued a search warrant.
The ‘no refusal’ effort was scheduled during the peak of the South by Southwest music festival. Despite the additional crowds in town for the event, police report that 16 forced blood draws is low. On typical