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Austin Police Enforcing "No Refusal" New Year's Weekend
The Austin Police Department says they will enforce a "No-Refusal" initiative for the New Year's weekend.
The initiative will start at 9 p.m. on Friday and end on Tuesday at 5 a.m.
"No-Refusal" means that DWI suspects that refuse to voluntarily give a breath or blood specimen will have blood drawn for testing anyway. Those found to have a blood alcohol concentration of .15 or above will be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine for the first time offenders.
APD says about 26 percent of this year’s traffic fatalities have been alcohol related.