1. You're More Likely to Get Caught Tonight:
The Austin Police Department is enforcing a "No Refusal policy" beginning tonight at 9 and ending Thursday at 5 a.m.
That means police will conduct blood search warrants on drivers who are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving and refuse to voluntarily submit to a breathalyzer or blood test.
2. It'll Cost You:
Police say anyone found with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher will be charged with a Class B misdemeanor and could face 3 days to 6 months in jail, a one year suspension of their driver’s license and a fine of up to $2,000 for a first offense.
In keeping with a law passed last year, drivers with a blood alcohol content of .15 or higher will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. First time offenders could face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.
3. You Have Other (Free?) Options:
Capital Metro is making it easier for folks around the University of Texas at Austin to take the bus to avoid drinking and driving. It's providing E-Bus service tonight from different parts of campus to downtown starting at 8:30 p.m. The last bus will leave downtown at 3 a.m.
The ride is free for UT faculty, staff and students with a valid UT ID. Others are welcome to take advantage of the ride but will have to pay a regular fare.