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Law Enforcement Implementing ‘No Refusal’ Initiative for Fourth of July Weekend

(FORT BEND COUNTY) - The Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office and local law enforcement are implementing a “No Refusal” initiative over the July 4 weekend.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, June 30 through July 2, law enforcement will be looking for drivers who are impaired by alcohol or other substances.


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. Nurses will also be on hand to draw blood once a warrant is obtained.


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.


“Please be safe this July 4th and stay hydrated in this heat – with water” said District Attorney Brian Middleton. “Enjoy your celebrations responsibly and don’t overdo it where you endanger yourself and others by driving while impaired.”


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


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