Galveston County Criminal District Attorney Jack
Roady announced today that law enforcement agencies across Galveston
County will be working together to conduct No Refusal Operations for the
upcoming Fourth of July Weekend, July 1 through July 4.
“The Fourth of July holiday weekend is a peak travel and tourist time for
Galveston County, so DWI enforcement will be a priority,” Roady said.
“This Fourth of July weekend, our No Refusal operations will get an extra
boost thanks to enhanced operations by State Troopers with the Texas
Department of Public Safety. They will be joining the rest of law
enforcement officers throughout Galveston County to wage the battle against
drunk drivers.”
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.