Monday, November 18, 2019

No Refusal During Superbowl Weekend

To combat the often deadly problem of impaired driving, the City of Southlake Department of Public Safety will be out in force this weekend cracking down on impaired drivers. This “No Refusal Weekend” is put into effect during one of the busiest weekends of the year for DUI enforcement because all suspected impaired drivers caught during the weekend who refuse breath testing will be subject to blood testing for alcohol.

“Impaired driving will always be a major public safety threat that claims thousands of innocent lives on our roadways every year. No Refusal Weekends represent one more proactive step Southlake DPS is taking in our battle against drunk and impaired driving,” said Police Chief Robert Finn.

The “No Refusal Weekend” is designed to address refusal rates and reduce the number of drivers operating under the influence of alcohol. Police and other law enforcement officials work in coordination with prosecutors and judges to quickly obtain blood draw warrants for drivers who refuse BAC testing. With the approval of a judge, anyone suspected of impaired driving who unlawfully refuses to provide a breath sample is subject to blood testing at the scene, a medical facility, or nearest jail facility. The program helps ensure that prosecutors obtain the scientific evidence needed to effectively pursue cases involving impaired driving.

For the full press release, please click here.