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This Weekend Is Also A No Refusal Labor Day Weekend

Law enforcement officials want to ensure roadways are free of intoxicated motorists

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia at Friday’s press conference

It’s called No Refusal. It is an effort that puts extra prosecutors on duty to help law enforcement agencies in filing cases on motorists arrested for DWI.

Dipali Patel says she lost four members of her family one night last year because of a drunk driver.

“The whole night, we were calling hospitals, police stations, everywhere we could to locate them,” said Patel. “And back of my head, I knew there was something wrong. And then by 5 o’clock, my brother was at Memorial Hospital where he found out that we lost both of our parents (from) a drunk driver.”

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson says there are plenty of fun places spread out across Greater Houston, and being responsible for your actions should always be part of that fun.

“All you have to do before you decide to go out and drink, is to have a plan in place,” said Anderson.” Either have money for a cab, you can designate a sober driver before you even go out, or if you’re at somebody’s house, stay there.”

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia says area law enforcement will be extra vigilant this Labor Day weekend.

“Looking for those individuals that just don’t get it, and to ensure that you know, that you may not have to blow, but you’re definitely going to have to bleed,” said Garcia. “We will take your blood to ensure your effective and successful prosecution.”

Harris County continues to lead the country with the most DWI-related fatalities.

The goal of “No Refusal” is to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road and to save lives.

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