Local law enforcement agencies across the country are gearing up for holiday celebrations that will undoubtedly bring out the big time partyers and also unfortunately the people who try to drive while under the influence of alcohol.
In Fort Bend County in Texas, law enforcement agencies say they will be exercising an added degree of vigilance like they do every year at this time in order to spot drivers who are impaired by alcohol and other substances. This year, however, they have turned their annual New Year’s patrol into what they have termed the “No Refusal” event which they will hold from 8pm on Wednesday night December 31st until 5pm on Friday January 2nd.
The objective of the event is to bolster the patrols that are out on the roadways in Fort Bend County searching for drivers who are intoxicated as well as for other criminals committing serious offenses. Drivers who are pulled over for suspicion of intoxication will be asked to provide a specimen and if they refuse to do so there will be assistant district attorneys available on standby to do paperwork for judges to issue search warrants. The warrants would be used to obtain blood from individuals who have demonstrated evidence of intoxication but who have refused to voluntarily provide a sample.
The event will also be marked by law enforcement’s efforts to maintain a close watch on other traffic issues as well, which Fort Bend County officials say are typically heavier during the holidays in general and over the New Year holiday in particular.
According to James Hines, Enforcement Major of the Fort Bend County Sherriff’s Office, the No Refusal event has proven successful in past years and law enforcement officials believe there is no reason to think it wouldn’t be again this year as well.