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Too much holiday joy could land you in jail. Drive sober. Tarrant County is implementing a “No Refusal” operation over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays in an effort to combat drunken driving.

The county-wide initiative will begin at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 24, and will run through 5:30 a.m. Friday, January 2, 2015.

During this time period, area police agencies will use search warrants to take blood from motorists who are arrested for driving while intoxicated but refuse to take a breath test.

Christmas and New Years are among nine holidays or special events that are designated “No Refusal” in Tarrant County. All “No Refusal” campaigns are funded by a $311,933 grant, which pays for the cost of nurses and technicians who draw blood; the blood draw supplies; and laboratory analysis of the blood.

“The best gift you can give anyone this holiday season is to not drink and drive,” said Assistant Criminal District Attorney Richard Alpert. “Dead or incarcerated is a terrible way to bring in the New Year.”


Melody McDonald
Public Information Officer
Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office

817-884-3120 (office)