APD to conduct extended Labor Day DWI initiative

From the Austin Police Department:

The Austin Police Department will be conducting an Extended Labor Day weekend DWI initiative in the Austin metropolitan area. This initiative will be a No Refusal DWI initiative, in which officers will apply for a search warrant to obtain blood from operators suspected to be impaired, who refuse to provide a breath or blood sample.

This initiative will consist of the following dates and operational hours:

Friday, August 19, 2016 at 9 p.m. – Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 5 a.m. The operational period is not 24 hours per day. It is 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day.

The DWI initiative is an effort to enforce DWI laws, keep the public safe, and to conduct blood search warrants on suspects who refuse to give a breath or blood specimen as required by law.

Labor Day weekend is often associated with parties and gatherings in which alcohol is present. This announcement is to remind everyone that their area law enforcement agencies encourage them to make the responsible choice not to drive if they are impaired in any way. The Austin Police Department is focused on saving lives in the Austin metropolitan area and making roadways safe for everyone through education and enforcement.

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