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‘No Refusal’ Initiative in Place for New Year’s Weekend

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

Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, from Dec. 29 through 31, law enforcement will be targeting 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.

“Our attorneys work through the holiday season to keep you safe,” said District Attorney Brian Middleton. “Help us out by enjoying your holidays responsibly.”

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


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