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City releases spring no refusal statistics

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by Nina Hernandez

South by Southwest 2017 is in the books, and with it the Austin Police Department’s traditional extended no-refusal period. This year the initiative lasted from March 3-20. Every evening from 9 p.m.-5 a.m., officers search for drivers under the influence and seek court orders for those suspected of DWI who refuse field sobriety tests. Over that stretch, APD secured 100 blood search warrants and ultimately arrested 202 people for DWI. Of those arrests, five involved a child passenger, which is, of course, a felony.

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