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Fort Bend County DA’s Office, Local Law Enforcement Implementing ‘No Refusal’ Weekend

(FORT BEND COUNTY) - The Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office and local law enforcement are implementing a “No Refusal” weekend for the New Year’s holiday to increase patrols looking for drivers who are impaired by alcohol or other substances.

Spanning Friday, and Saturday nights, law enforcement will focus on high-risk locations overnight when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.

Attorneys from the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office will be present to draft search warrants allowing local judges to authorize a blood draw from drivers who have demonstrated evidence of their intoxication. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld blood search warrants as a legal means to obtain evidence in DWI cases from suspects who are arrested but refuse to take a breath or blood test. Nurses will also be on hand to draw blood once a warrant is obtained.

“Let’s celebrate the new year responsibly,” said District Attorney Brian Middleton. “It’s a time for renewal and looking forward to a bright future. Don’t risk that with a poor decision to drive under the influence.”

The District Attorney’s No Refusal initiative is funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.


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