Sunday, January 2, 2011

Fort Worth DWI No Refusal Weekend

New Year's Eve starts a "No Refusal" weekend in Dallas Fort Worth.

Law enforcement officials are saying for drivers, that means if a driver is pulled over on suspicion of DWI and they refuse the standard field sobriety test, officers will place them under arrest. Frankly, this more disinformation for the media because this has always been the case (being arrested when they refuse.) Drivers should continue to stand on the rights to refuse breath and blood test.

County and Municipal jails in the Dallas Fort Worth area had judges on site over the holiday to sign search warrants, as well as having a nurse available to draw blood for the purposes of determining if a driver is legally intoxicated. Some smaller police departments took those arrested directly to hospitals for blood samples after the warrant was signed.

Alcohol-related fatalities are the commonly stated reason behind the "No Refusal Law." However I have seen no evidence it makes a difference.

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