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Spring break brings APD’s no-refusal

Monday, March 7, 2022 by Tai Moses

Spring break is here! Sun! Fun! Unfortunately, for some, spring break means more booze-fueled celebration than is necessarily good for anyone. In an effort to reduce the chances of drunk-driving crashes and the ensuing tragedies, the Austin Police Department is conducting its DWI enforcement initiative every night from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., with an extended no-refusal period from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., from now until March 20. No refusal, as APD describes, “is an effort to enforce DWI laws, keep the public safe by encouraging drivers to make responsible decisions and to apply for blood search warrants on suspects who refuse to provide a breath or blood specimen as required by law.” In other words, suspected drunk drivers are not permitted to refuse a sobriety test. So be safe, enjoy spring break, and do your drinking at home or with a designated driver.

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