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Texas
4:34 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Burnet County Aims for Faster DWI Blood Tests

Getting pulled over on suspicion of DWI in Burnet County could mean a quick blood draw.
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Drunk driving suspects in Burnet County who refuse a breath test will have a blood sample taken within an hour, if a new round-the-clock blood sampling process in Burnet County works as planned.

The process, announced today by a group of prosecutors and law enforcement agencies, means police won’t have to go to the jail, get a warrant and go to a hospital for a blood draw.

Transportation
6:42 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

DPS Stepping Up Patrols for Spring Break

Daniel Reese

The Texas Department of Public Safety is increasing patrols March 8-17 for Spring Break.

More DPS troopers will be on the roads watching for speeders, seat belt violations and especially drunk drivers.

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Courts
6:25 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Can Police Force Drunken Driving Suspects To Take Blood Tests?

A photographic screen hangs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, which is undergoing renovations. On Wednesday, the justices will hear arguments in a case that asks whether police without a warrant can administer a blood test to a suspected drunken driver.
Greg E. Mathieson MAI/Landov

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 12:32 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case testing whether police must get a warrant before forcing a drunken driving suspect to have his blood drawn.

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Transportation
9:16 am
Fri December 28, 2012

DWI Lawyer's Advice For Drunk Drivers Could Scare You Sober (Update)

DWI lawyers recommend you refuse a field sobriety test if you get pulled over, but even that doesn't mean you'll avoid embarrassment and financial hardship.
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Update: Austin Police have scheduled another “No Refusal” enforcement this holiday weekend, where a judge is on call to approve warrants for suspected drunk drivers' blood. 

KUT News checked back in with Austin DWI attorney Will Mitchell, who says that all of his advice below still stands. While the easiest solution is simply not to drink and drive, Mitchell offers the following advice to anyone pulled over: "Be quiet, don’t do field sobriety tests, don’t do a breath test, and refuse to give a sample of your blood. … Until you see a search warrant, there’s no reason for you to allow them to take your blood.”

And aside from the obvious danger, a DWI bust is still an expensive proposition. “Any number’s really arbitrary, but certainly the potential for it to run you, ten, fifteen thousand dollars is easily there.” 

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Texas
11:06 am
Mon August 20, 2012

DWI Labor Day Crackdown Already Underway

The Texas Department of Public Safety has already stepped up DWI patrols for Labor Day.

For the next few weeks, DPS troopers are focusing on high-risk locations where alcohol-related crashes happen most often.

DPS says during Labor Day enforcement last year, troopers made more than 2,000 DWI arrests.

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Transportation
1:07 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

DPS Increasing Patrols This Independence Day; APD Sets 'No Refusal' Enforcement

The Department of Public Safety will increase DWI checkpoints for nine days surrounding July 4th.
Daniel Reese, KUT News

The Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding Fourth of July revelers to plan ahead before they party.

“If you are drinking, make sure you have a designated driver or some other form of transportation,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Otherwise, you could be making a very expensive or even fatal mistake.”

DPS has ramped up DWI patrols and will continue to increase enforcement through July 8. The department will focus their patrols on areas they consider to be high-risk during holiday weekends.

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Memorial Day
4:35 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Safety Tips and Warnings this Memorial Day Weekend

Photo by KUT News

Austinites will flock to the city's numerous parks and waterways this weekend. We've put together a guide for what you need to know about rules and safety.

Watercraft Ban: Put Away that Motorized Surfboard!

If you’re planning to celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend on Lady Bird Lake, you'll need to leave your motorized surfboard at home. The Austin Police Department will be enforcing an annual ban on motorized personal watercraft – like jet skis – from sunset on Friday until sunrise on Tuesday.

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Transportation
3:44 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Harsher DWI Penalties For “No Refusal” Labor Day Weekend

Photo by Renee Silverman http://www.flickr.com/photos/reneesilverman/

People pulled over for suspected drunk driving over the Labor Day weekend may have their blood forcibly withdrawn by Austin police officers. It’s part of the so-called “No Refusal” policy that APD conducts over long weekends.

But this weekend, a new law will increase penalties for first-time offenders with a blood alcohol level of 0.15, almost double the legal limit of 0.08.

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Austin
3:16 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Statewide "No Refusal" Weekend in Place for July Fourth

Photo by KUT News

Austin's "No Refusal" weekends are going statewide. Over the past two years, Austin has implemented "No Refusal" DWI enforcement around major holidays and events like Mardi Gras.

But for the first time ever, over 200 law enforcement agencies across the state will join the no-refusal enforcement effort this weekend.

"No refusal" means a driver cannot refuse a breathalyzer test if pulled over and accused of driving under the influence.

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Texas
1:51 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

DPS Makes More Than 1,100 Holiday DWI Arrests, 35 Percent Increase

Image courtesy Texas Department of Public Safety

The Texas Department of Public Safety says it arrested 1,106 impaired drivers over the holidays.  That's a 35 percent increase over last year's 818 arrests.

DPS partially credits a Texas Department of Transportation grant targeting high risk locations for the increase.  Of this year's arrests, 442 were made in areas where drunken driving accidents were statistically more likely to occur.

The $2 million grant will fund increased patrols throughout 2011, meaning more troopers will be on patrol during Spring Break, Independence Day, and Labor Day.

Health
1:43 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Top 21 Bars Where DWI Suspects Drank in Austin

Image courtesy Thomas Hawk http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/

The Austin Police Department has released its annual list of local bars where drunken driving suspects reported having their last drink before getting behind the wheel.

West 6th Street bars make up the top four establishments on the list, with J. Blacks coming in at number one for the second year in a row. Twenty-nine drunken driving suspects who were arrested told police they had come from J. Blacks in 2010.

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Austin
3:52 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Alleged DWI Cop's Wrecked Cruiser On Display At SWAT Headquarters

It's difficult to view from the street, but you can see part of the police car that SWAT team member Michael Hamilton is alleged to have wrecked in a DWI accident earlier this month.
Image by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Austin police chief Art Acevedo is sending a message to members of the department's SWAT team: Don't get drunk and wreck a police cruiser like your colleague Michael Hamilton is alleged to have done.

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Austin
11:56 am
Tue December 7, 2010

APD Chief Acevedo Suggests DWI Cop Could Be Fired If Guilty

Booking photo of officer Michael Hamilton after he was arrested for DWI last week.
Image courtesy APD

Austin Police Department sent us this statement from Chief Art Acevedo about the arrest of an APD SWAT officer last week on DWI charges:

The Austin Police Department is currently investigating the crash and subsequent arrest for DWI of APD SWAT officer Michael Hamilton on Friday, December 3, 2010. The Department’s zero tolerance stance on DWI is well known throughout the APD and the community we serve. Consistent with our stance, we are investigating Officer Hamilton’s actions leading up to and following the crash.

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Politics
2:50 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Senator Wants Drunk Drivers to Wear Ankle Bracelet Booze Monitors

Senator Jane Nelson filed legislation that would put alcohol monitors in use across Texas for DUI offenders.
Image courtesy SCRAM

State Senator Jane Nelson filed this bill last month that would require some drunk driving offenders to wear alcoholic monitoring anklets, like the one actress Lindsey Lohan had to wear earlier this year.

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