Texas Police on the lookout for DUI drivers on Labor Day WeekendAccording to the Dallas Morning News, North Texas police officers will be out in full force this weekend conducting a no refusal initiative. Beginning tonight at 6 p.m. until Tuesday, September 7th, law enforcement officers will ask drivers who are stopped for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) to submit to a breath or blood sample. No refusal weekends are common during the holiday season. "We want to make them aware that drinking is dangerous," said Senior Cpl. Janice Crowther, a Dallas Police Department spokeswoman. Drivers who refuse to take the test can be forced to submit to a test after the DPD obtains a search warrant to get a blood sample and forwards it to the Dallas County district attorney's office. The Dallas County Sheriffs Department has also implemented a similar no refusal program that will begin tonight at 10:00 p.m. and will run until Monday, September 5th. Sheriff Lupe Valdez has stated that their main objective with the no refusal initiative is to ensure that our highways are safe for the citizens of Dallas County. Individuals who choose to drink and drive will be arrested and taken to jail, she said. Plano police are also supporting the initiatives with efforts of their own. "The Labor Day holiday is one of the most traveled times of the year, according to a Plano police department news release, and the additional officers, along with a full complement of highway safety strategies, will hopefully prevent many of the injuries and motor vehicle crashes that occur as a result of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Law enforcement officers hope to remind Texans who choose to have a few drinks over the Labor Day weekend that they can drink, but they cannot drive. Many drivers try to skirt the laws and drink as much as possible, hoping they will not get caught, but Carol Rawson, director of Texas Department of Transportations Traffic Operations reminds us, "The only way to be sure you'll avoid a DWI is by never getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. All of the efforts to curb DUIs this weekend are part of the larger statewide initiative "Drink. Drive. Go to Jail." Police departments throughout the state want to make it clear, with increased hours of overtime and officers looking specifically for intoxicated drivers, that if you drink and drive and you are stopped by Texas law enforcement, you will be arrested for a DUI.
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