Monday, October 26, 2020

"No Refusal" Kicks Off During Super Bowl Weekend

norefusalwebbanner_12-9_v2The Southlake Police Department will again be participating with Tarrant County’s “No Refusal” campaign for Super Bowl weekend.  The initiative will begin Friday, January 30th at 9:30 p.m. and run through Monday, February 2nd at 5:30 a.m. Individuals arrested for DWI, who refuses to take a breath or blood test, face having their blood drawn once officers seek a search warrant from a judge.

This marks the third time that a “No Refusal” program has been executed on Super Bowl Sunday and the first time it has been extended to cover the entire weekend.

In Texas, a person is legally intoxicated and may be arrested and charged with DWI with a 0.08 BAC (blood or breath alcohol concentration). However, a person is also intoxicated if impaired due to alcohol or other drugs regardless of BAC. Whether you’re the driver or the passenger, you can be fined up to $500 for having an open alcohol container in a vehicle.

The penalties increase if you are arrested for DWI with a child passenger, cause bodily injury or death to another person.  Besides an arrest for driving while intoxicated, you can also face charges for child endangerment, intoxication assault, or intoxication manslaughter.

The consequences of drinking and driving are severe. The loss of life is tragic for everyone involved. In addition to jail time, drivers who are arrested for driving while intoxicated can face fines, fees, and associated costs of up to $17,000.

The Southlake Police Department is urging everyone to be safe during Super Bowl weekend and If you plan to drink, please plan ahead by arranging to have a designated driver bring you home or arrange for a taxi to pick you up.

Don’t risk getting a DWI conviction.

Play it safe by remembering a few simple tips.

 Don’t drink and drive.

  • Plan ahead and designate a driver.
  • Contact SoberRides.org
  • Call a cab, or a sober friend.
  • Spend the night where you are, if possible.

Southlake Police Officers want you to arrive home safely. For more information http://www.txdot.gov/safety/tips/intoxication.htm