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 during both weekends of Mardi Gras – beginning Friday, January 29th
through Sunday, January 31st, and again on Friday, February 5th, through Sunday, February 7th.
“Mardi Gras celebrations in Galveston County attract several hundred
thousand visitors from all over. With that kind of traffic, we’re bound to see
an increase in intoxicated drivers,” Roady said. “As part of our ongoing
commitment to fight drunk driving, we’re working with all of our local
officers to make sure they have every tool they need to keep Galveston
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
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.