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Dec. 30, 2014
Contact: Public Information Office, (512) 974-5017
APD announces No-Refusal for New Year’s Eve
|The Austin Police Department will enforce a No-Refusal initiative for the New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2014. The initiative will start at 9 p.m. and end at 5 a.m. the following morning.
The DWI initiative is an effort to enforce DWI laws, keep the public safe, and to conduct blood search warrants on suspects who refuse to give a breath or blood specimen as required by law. A high number of DWI arrests are made in Austin each year.
The 82nd Legislature passed HB1199 which implemented a higher class of offense for those whose blood alcohol concentration is at or above .15. 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 confinement in jail and a $4,000 fine for the first time offenders. This law went into effect on September 1, 2011.
APD is focused on saving lives on the streets and highways of Austin and making Austin roadways safe for everyone through education and enforcement.
New Year’s Eve No Refusal Initiative
In addition, the Home for the Holidays Traffic Safety initiative is still in effect through early January 2015. The Home for the Holidays effort began in 2007 to increase the visibility of patrol officers in the City of Austin while targeting dangerous driving behavior that traditionally occurs during the holiday period—beginning Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. This year the effort has expanded to include 22 area law enforcement agencies that participate in Arrive Alive Central Texas.
Wednesday Dec. 31, 2014 – Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015
9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The goal of APD and its peer agencies is to decrease the number of traffic injuries and fatalities in the Austin area during this time. APD officers will focus on increased enforcement of traffic safety violations such as driver intoxication, speeding, tailgating, unsafe lane changing and aggressive driving.