Every five hours a Texan is killed due to a DWI-related crash, averaging out to four people per day who are killed on highways. To curtail drunken driving, the Irving Police Department will employ a “no-refusal” approach to DWI enforcement Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.

When no-refusal operations are in effect, those stopped for suspected drunken driving only are offered a blood test. If they refuse, a judge is present to issue a search warrant that authorizes on-the-spot blood testing.

In Texas, a driver is considered legally intoxicated if a chemical screening indicates a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more. The no-refusal campaign has proven to be a very successful deterrent that reminds the public of the consequences of drunken driving.

In addition to Christmas and New Year’s Day, no-refusal operations will be in effect in Irving during the Super Bowl, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends.

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