No Refusal Operation for Labor Day Weekend Begins

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Beginning Thursday, September 1st, the 2nd Annual No Refusal Operation begins.

Ricardo Rodriguez Jr., Hidalgo County District Attorney says, “That innocent person who’s stopped at a red light, minding their own business. Trying to get to work or trying to get home. And here comes a drunk driver from behind. The drunk driver slams into them from behind and kills them.”

It’s a tragic reality thousands of families deal with every single day. Families like Eric’s, who now have to live with the fact that they’ll never again see their beloved son, brother and significant other.

Marissa Segura, victim’s girlfriend, “Eric was an amazing person. He was so motivated, so driven and he had just completed his college degree of becoming a nurse.”

But Eric’s career was cut short after a drunk driver slammed into his motorcycle, killing the 29 year-old.

The victim was on his way back from signing a contract to work at McAllen Medical Center the day he was killed.

Ana Verley with M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), “Every single day we get phone calls from somebody who needs help from us. And it’s a tragedy that’s 100 percent preventable. There’s no reason to drink and drive.”

Saving a life is as simple as making one choice. If you’re going to drink, don’t sit behind the wheel.

But if you’re the designated driver, take one for the team and drop the beer. Because even one drink can change a person’s life forever.

Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. District Attorney, “There are many individuals that have been arrested for that very reason. Thinking that one drink or two drinks was not going to harm them in any way, but it does.”

Last year there were at least 117 alcohol related arrests in the valley during Labor Day Weekend.

There were also three alcohol related crashes, but fortunately none were fatal. This year, the goal is to keep the number of fatalities at zero. And to reduce the number of arrests as much as possible.

The increased enforcement against driving under the influence will continue through Monday.

If a driver refuses to take a breathalyzer test, a magistrate has the right to issue a search warrant for a blood test.

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