Beefed up no refusal program for month of March

As the Rodeo kicks off, officers will be out in force to keep drivers safe on the roads
February 27, 2014 3:06:01 PM PST
On this first day of the rodeo cook-off, authorities have a warning for anyone who might drink and drive.

Officials have put a beefed up no refusal program to fight drunk driving in place through the entire month of March. There will be extra prosecutors, nurses and a judge, available 24 hours a day to process DWI arrests.

According to the district attorney's office, there are an average of 600 arrests for DWI in Harris County in the month of March, which features the rodeo, St. Patrick's day, and spring break -- all times when many people do drink alcohol.

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said, "We now hold the national record for having the most intoxication-related fatalities in the country. That is a title that I would like to lose this March."

Under the no-refusal policy, if a suspected drunk driver refuses a Breathalyzer test, the officer gets a search warrant for a blood draw. Blood is tested right away and if a person is over the legal limit, they are arrested on the spot.

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