APD counters July 4 drunk driving with "No Refusal"

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This weekend Austin Police Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers celebrating July 4, with a “no refusal” initiative.

No refusal allows APD to conduct blood search warrants on drivers who refuse to give a breath or blood sample when pulled over. The patrol against drunk drivers will last from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Sunday.

Texas law states those found to have a blood alcohol concentration of .15 or above will be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor with a sentence of one year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine for the first time offenders.