Local law enforcement on the look-out for DWI drivers during Labor Day weekend

Local law enforcement are targeting DWI drivers over Labor Day weekend.

TYLER - Local law enforcement agencies are targeting DWI drivers for Labor Day. No refusal enforcement starts today and will last through Monday.
 
After the arrest of a suspected drunk driver, he or she will be asked if they will take a breath or a blood test.  If the driver refuses, officers will obtain an immediate search warrant signed by a judge on call to have blood drawn by a nurse on staff at the Smith County Jail, according to Sergeant Jean Dark with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
 
With more traffic for the holiday weekend means a higher chance of fatal crashes, according to Dark.
 
"We want to reduce the number of fatality crashes, so we'll have additional troopers out on the road. Specifically looking for speeders, seatbelt violators and intoxicated motorists," Dark said.
 
She said to make sure people are paying closer attention to the roads and their surroundings this weekend. 
 
“Pay attention to your speed. And as always, if you're going to drink alcoholic beverages, make sure you have a designated driver," Dark said. 
 

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