Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr., Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra and every law enforcement agency in Hidalgo County will kick off the fourth annual “No Refusal” Labor Day weekend crackdown on drunk driving with a news conference at 9 A.M. Tuesday, August 28 in front of the Hidalgo County Courthouse.
“Impaired driving remains a major public safety threat,” said Rodriguez. “The No Refusal weekend is another strategy in the battle against drunk driving.”
The crackdown by municipal, county, and state law enforcement agencies will run Thursday, August 30 through Monday, September 3.
“With the approval of a search warrant signed by a judge, anyone who refuses to provide a breath sample is subject to blood testing at the scene, a medical facility, or nearest jail facility,” Rodriguez said, adding that the judge signing the warrants will be a magistrate who is a licensed attorney.
“Our goal is to prevent injuries and fatalities related to drunk driving, so, along with the crackdown, we strive to educate teh public on the dangers of drinking and driving,” said Rodriguez.
Rodriguez added that people have the right to travel safely; free from dangerous drivers, so preventing drunk driving accidents is a top priority.