DWI crackdown on New Year's weekend

Police handcuff a suspected drunken driver

December 31, 2011 6:10:58 AM PST
If you will be drinking this New Year's weekend, you are being reminded to not get behind the wheel.

This weekend marks a "no refusal" initiative.

Under the no refusal program, suspected drunken drivers who refuse a breathalyzer test will have blood drawn.

Additional law enforcement agents will be on hand to issue warrants for the tests.

Last holiday weekend, Houston police brought in a total of 156 suspected drunk drivers with the program, and 41 of those drivers were driving with twice the legal limit of alcohol in their system.

Additionally, under a new law, anyone caught driving with more than twice the legal limit could be put in jail for a lot longer.

Blood alcohol content of 0.15 or higher means you could face up to a year in jail instead of 180 days.

The new law went into effect September 1.

If you need help getting to or from your New Year's Eve party, METRO is offering a safe alternative to driving. They're providing rides for free to help everyone get home safely.

The METRO free rides start at 6pm Saturday and ends at 6am Sunday on both the bus and rail system.

Another alternative for intoxicated New Year's revelers this holiday weekend is the AAA Tipsy Tow program.

AAA is offering to tow drivers and their vehicles for free up to 10 miles. Drivers would have to pay for any distance past the initial 10 miles.

The service is open to the public. You do not have to be a AAA member to take part in the program.

Tipsy Tow runs through 6am Sunday. Motorists can call 1-800-TRIPLE-A (1-800-874-7532) for a lift.

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