According to a news report, in 2014 alone, Harlingen police made 285 DWI arrests and reported 54 DWI crashes involving one intoxication assault and one death. Now, the police department is ready to crack down on more cases of drunk driving to help keep the public as safe as possible. With the implementation of the “no refusal” policy, Harlingen police will be able to perform a mandatory blood test to any drunk driving suspects who refuse a breathalyzer test.
Protecting the Public
Texas law states that any alcohol levels over .08% are considered legally impaired. Some suspected drunk drivers will refuse a breathalyzer test to try to avoid being charged. To put an end to this problem, law enforcement personnel will coordinate with prosecutors and judges to create warrants for blood draws for any driver who refuses to take a breath test.
If a person refuses a test, law enforcement will transport them to a hospital while the initial arresting officer will write a warrant to be approved by a judge and delivered to the suspect upon their arrival at the hospital.
The “no refusal” initiative will be enforced for a year in Cameron County starting on June 1st. No other counties in the Rio Grande Valley have established this program, although Brownsville police have been testing the new policy for the past year. According to officials, the new initiative will be used to show law breakers that the public and law enforcement are taking a stand for justice.
Fight for Your Compensation
The aftermath of a DWI accident can put a heavy toll on your entire family’s well-being. Don’t let the stress and worry of medical bills, loss of wages and funeral expenses be a burden in your life.
The J. Gonzalez Law Firm is ready to act on your behalf and put you one step closer to receiving the compensation you deserve. Contact our McAllen office today to share your story with our personal injury attorney.