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Grayson Co. D.A. Warns of "No Refusal" Weekend

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Press Release
5-18-09

Law enforcement officers from around Grayson County will be conducting a "No Refusal Weekend" over the Memorial Day weekend to deter cases of driving while intoxicated.   The effort, organized by the Grayson County District Attorney's Office, means that officers will be obtaining search warrants for the collection of blood specimens from motorists for whom the officers have reason to believe are impaired by alcohol while driving.

"Drunk driving causes so much damage in Texas," said Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown, "and we have too much of it here in our County.   There is always an increase over the holiday weekends, so we want to make sure this Memorial Day is as safe as possible.  We want people to get the word that officers will be out in force, and they will have a new weapon in their arsenal."

"Recent case law has established that a police officer may obtain a search warrant to take a blood specimen from a driver for whom the officer has probable cause to believe he or she is intoxicated.  Since this involves going to a judge to obtain permission, we cannot do this in every case because of manpower constraints.   However, our officers are going to obtain these warrants this weekend, and they will be using them more frequently in regular DWI enforcement throughout the year.    We have arranged with our local judges for them to be available this weekend to review the warrant applications, even in the middle of the night, and we have medical personnel standing by to take the samples."

"I hope we don't have to take a single sample.   But the danger of drunk driving is so great that we have to do everything we can to stop people from taking chances.   If for no other reason than you are scared of needles, don't drink and drive.   However, officers will offer people the option of providing a breath test instead of providing a blood sample.   But if they refuse to give a breath sample, and the officer has reason to think they are intoxicated, they are going to be required to give a blood sample."