Sunday, October 25, 2020

“No Refusal” Campaign on Halloween Weekend

Please Don’t Drink and Drive!  This Halloween weekend, the Southlake Police Department will take part in the Tarrant County “NO REFUSAL” campaign from Friday, October 28 at 9:30 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 1.

If you are arrested for DWI and refuse to give a breath sample or allow your blood to be drawn, the officer will obtain a search warrant to have a specimen of blood taken from you.

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 considered intoxicated if impaired due to alcohol or other drugs regardless of BAC. Whether you’re the driver or the passenger, you can also 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. These offenses, in conjunction with DWI, are punishable by significant fines, and lengthy prison sentences. 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.

Need more proof about the seriousness of drinking and driving? Did you know—that someone is hurt or killed in a crash involving alcohol almost every 20 minutes? The Southlake Police Department is urging everyone to be safe this Halloween weekend by remembering these few simple tips.

  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Plan ahead and designate a driver.
  • Call a cab, use Uber, or call a sober friend.
  • Spend the night at the home where you are, if possible.

Southlake Police Officers will continue to work to keep our citizens safe as well as keep the City streets and highways safe this Halloween weekend.  For more information http://www.txdot.gov/safety/tips/intoxication.htm