The Irving Police Department will conduct DWI No-Refusal operations over the New Year’s Eve holiday weekend. The Department runs the operations through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation as part of the State’s “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.” campaign.
Additional officers will 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. During this holiday season, TxDOT and the Irving Police Department encourage drivers to “Plan While You Can” to arrange for a sober driver before enjoying festivities where drinking may occur.
During the enforcement, those 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. The operations will take place on the nights of Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
Also, the Irving Police Department will allocate additional manpower to DWI enforcement between now and Jan. 3. During this period, there is a higher likelihood of impaired drivers on the roadways. This can increase the potential for alcohol-related crashes involving injuries or deaths. If you see a suspected drunk driver, and you or a passenger can do so safely, call 9-1-1 with the information.
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