Tyler police begin holiday program targeting drunk drivers

TYLER (KYTX) - Tyler Police Department will provide more officers to look for suspected drunk drivers during this Christmas Season.  This enforcement program is funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation and will run through Dec. 31.

During the New Year's Holiday, Tyler Police Department along with Smith County Law Enforcement agencies will be out in force on the lookout for drunken drivers and they won't be taking "NO" for an answer.   Starting Friday, Dec. 28, through Tuesday Jan. 1, a multi-joint effort between the Smith County District Attorney's Office and police agencies from all over Smith County will participate in the ‘No-Refusal' DWI Campaign once again.  Upon the arrest of a suspected drunk driver, he or she will be asked if they would submit to blow into a breath-test machine or take a blood test.  If the driver refuses and says "No" 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.  The blood is then analyzed to determine whether the driver's blood-alcohol concentration is 0.08 or higher, the legal limit for driving in Texas.

This program has proven to be an effective tool to combat drunken drivers. It is the intent of all Law Enforcement agencies that this effort will act as a deterrent, persuading people to avoid driving while intoxicated because they know that police officers will be conducting sobriety testing with or without driver's consent. 


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