GALVESTON COUNTY IS PREPARING FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE DRUNK DRIVERS!

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GALVESTON, TX – Galveston County Criminal District Attorney Jack Roady announced today that his office will be working with law enforcement agencies across Galveston County in sponsoring No-Refusal operations for the upcoming New Year’s Eve.  According  to the Texas Department of Transportation, during last year’s holiday season (Dec. 1, 2013 – Jan. 1, 2014), there were 2,367 DUI-alcohol traffic crashes in Texas resulting in 763 serious injuries and 92 fatalities. While these figures are staggering, alcohol-related traffic fatalities actually decreased 8.9 percent compared with the same time frame the previous year.   “We’re always glad to see a reduction in alcohol-related traffic deaths,” Roady said.  “But we can never let our guard down.  New Year’s Eve can be a tempting time for those who would otherwise never consider drinking and driving.  There’s just no excuse for failing to plan a sober ride home.” In Texas, anyone driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher is considered legally impaired. Under the No Refusal program, police officers may seek blood search warrants for offenders who are arrested for DWI and refuse the officer’s request for blood alcohol testing. Blood samples collected can be used as evidence in the DWI cases.   A DWI arrest and conviction in Texas can cost $17,000 or more:  fees include car towing and impoundment, bail, attorney fees, court costs, hearing and fees to regain and retain a driver’s license, DWI fines, probation costs, fees for extended proof of insurance, plus insurance rate hikes. Local judges will be available to make probable cause determinations and authorize the blood search warrants.  Prosecutors and nurses will also work through the night to assist police officers with these investigations.  #