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ETX officers enforcing 'no refusal' weekend


It's New Year's weekend--a time to celebrate.

But if you're thinking about having a drink or two, local law enforcement officers and community officials want you to make sure you have a safe way to get home.

"This is a preventable crime. It is 100% preventable," said Leslie Watson, Executive Director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving East Texas. "It is just one person making one poor choice. There are several people on this wall that just because of one person's one poor choice, they are no longer with us or they are injured, their lives are changed."

Watson sees families every day who have lost loved ones in drunk driving accidents.

"You know, the struggle of the day to day and trying to just get through each day without that person in their life and how that changes families, how it changes an individual, how it changes friends, how it can change a community.People I don't think about drunk driving until it happens to them," Watson said.

And law enforcement officials all over East Texas are cracking down on drinking and driving this weekend.

"If you're going to drink, local law enforcement agencies along with the Smith County Sheriff's department and other Smith County agencies are going to be out looking for DWI drivers this weekend, and we will find you, and we will put you in jail," said Lieutenant Robert Barrentine with the Tyler Police Department.

It's a "no refusal" weekend -- if you're pulled over and refuse a breathalyzer or blood test, law enforcement officers can obtain a search warrant to perform the test.

"On a weekend like this, there'll probably be at least 10 to 15 DWIs that we make arrests on. A large majority of our wrecks will be alcohol related. We ask people to be responsible, again, be responsible, slow down, don't drink and drive," said Barrentine.

The no refusal weekend starts today and lasts through Saturday night.

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