DWI arrests down this Labor Day during no-refusal program

DWI arrests for this past Labor Day weekend are down in Smith County.

This year, law enforcement tested a new "no refusal program." That's where they can take blood samples from anyone who refuses a breathalyzer.

In Smith County, there were a total of 14 DWI arrests.

Half of those were issued search warrants for blood after refusing a breathalyzer.

Last Labor Day weekend, there were 25 arrests in Smith County, so officers say they're very pleased with this low number.

"The education piece got out there, we were informing the people that this is what we were doing, trying to prevent DWIs, so we're hoping that was a factor. We also know that there was a factor of the storm that was in our area, I'm sure that had something to do with it. All in all we're real pleased that we had a low number," said Officer Don Martin with the Tyler Police Department.

Tyler Police say the no refusal program will be reviewed for use on future holidays.

Courtney Lane, reporting. clane@kltv.com