Austin Police Crack Down on Drunk Driving

driver is drunk, needs helpAustin police officers were met with great success last weekend, tallying 99 alcohol-related arrests in an attempt to cut down on drunk driving over the holiday weekend. July 4 through July 7 marked a “no-refusal” period, in which police officers took blood samples from drivers who refused a breath test.

The no-refusal weekend, which targeted motorists and boaters, nabbed 13 people Wednesday night, 33 people on Thursday night, 32 on Friday night, and 21 on Saturday night. Austin police said more than 60 percent of the arrests needed a blood sample.

No-refusal crackdowns have been successful in the past; in May, 94 people were arrested over Memorial Day weekend, and 50 people received DWI charges during June’s Republic of Texas Biker Rally. The initiative requires judges on standby that work with the police department to obtain search warrants that require arrested drivers to give a blood test.

The July 4 holiday is typically the most dangerous period on the road for drivers across the United States–on average, more than 130 people have died on Independence Day over the past six years. Most of those accidents are alcohol-related, or the result of distracted driving. Last year in Austin, police recorded almost 200 accidents and 110 DWI arrests. Senior Police Officer Veneza Bremner said APD’s goal is to have “no crashes, no injuries, no deaths related to persons driving while intoxicated.” There were no DWI deaths during this year’s celebrations.

According to the website of Ian Inglis Attorney at Law, drivers arrested for DWI face a long and difficult process that includes driver’s license suspension and community service. Being charged with a DWI is serious. If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI, make sure to get an experienced attorney to guide you through your case.