Tyler PD keeping East Texas streets safe with DWI campaign

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Released by the Tyler Police Department:

TYLER, TX - Tyler Police Department will participate in the Texas State-wide DWI enforcement grant program that will run from August 20, 2010 through September 6th, 2010.  Officers will be out looking for DWI drivers during this time period.  The last four days of this enforcement program will include the Labor Day Holiday "No Refusal" campaign.

Law enforcement agencies in Smith County will be out in force during the Labor Day Holiday on the lookout for intoxicated drivers on our streets, highways, and area lakes.  Officers won't be taking "NO" for an answer once again.  The No-Refusal initiative will run Friday, September 3, 2010 thru Monday, September 6, 2010. 

A multi-joint effort between the Smith County District Attorneys Office and police agencies from all over Smith County will participate in the 'No-Refusal' D.W.I Campaign.  Upon the arrest of a suspected drunk driver, he or she will be asked if they would submit to blow into a breath-test instrument or take a blood test.  If the driver refuses and says "No" to a test, officers will obtain an immediate search warrant signed by an on-call judge to have blood drawn by a certified nurse on staff at the Smith County Jail.  The blood will then be analyzed to determine whether the driver's blood-alcohol concentration is 0.08 or higher, the legal limit for driving in Texas.

It is the intent of all law enforcement agencies that this joint effort will act as a deterrent, persuading people to avoid driving while intoxicated because they know that police officers will be determining sobriety with or without the driver's consent.