Irving, Texas. March 12, 2014 –
The Irving Police Department will be conducting a DWI No-Refusal operation over the Spring Break holiday weekend. The Department runs the operation by means of a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) as part of the State’s “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.” campaign. Additional officers whose primary focus will be to locate and arrest impaired drivers will be on duty. Their high visibility and enforcement efforts should serve as a warning to those who would drive impaired.
The Department will be utilizing a no-refusal approach to DWI enforcement. Persons arrested for DWI will be offered a blood test only (no breath tests). Officers will seek a search warrant, signed by a judge, in order to obtain a sample from anyone refusing consent to a blood test.
During the week of Spring Break, there is a higher likelihood of impaired drivers on the roadways. There will also be an increase in traffic on the roadways due to people travelling to and from vacation destinations. These factors can increase the potential for alcohol related crashes involving injuries or deaths.
The operations will take place on the nights of Friday, March 14th and Saturday, March 15th. If you see a suspected drunk driver, and you (or a passenger) can do so safely, please call 9-1-1 with the information.
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