Drivers Suspected Of DWI Will Not Be Able To Decline A Breathalyzer Test
In the State of Texas, driving under the influence of alcohol or DWI is considered a serious crime. Because of the number of crashes involving DWI that leave people seriously hurt or killed each year, the penalties for drinking and driving are more severe than ever.
According to an article appearing on the KHOU website, officers with the Houston Police Department arrested 535 people who were believed to have been driving under the influence of alcohol last year during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
This year, just before the Rodeo cook-off set for this past weekend, Houston Police and the Harris County District Attorney’s Ofice are reminding the public not to drink and drive.
The Houston Police Department, along with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Texas State Troopers were working in cooperation to stop potential DWI accidents before they happen. During March, Houston motorists will not be allowed to refuse a Breathalyzer test. If they do, the District Attorney’s Office has promised that they will obtain a warrant issued by a judge to proceed with the test.
On Thursday, March 5th, the Houston Police Department sent out a tweet saying that the driver of a Toyota pickup truck who had been driving under the influence of alcohol managed to strike three vehicles along Richmond, sending one person to the hospital. The driver fled the scene but was later found on the sidewalk by police. Officers detected signs of alcohol impairment, and he was placed under arrest.
Houston Police reported another accident that same evening, which involved two vehicles that were following each other and two DWI drivers. Both female drivers were placed under arrest.
“Make a plan before you go out drinking,” Houston Police warned via Twitter.