Regional police up DWI enforcement toward Labor Day

"No Refusal" policy by APD will apply blood search warrants for suspects under arrest for DWI who refuse breathalyzer tests


Both Cedar Park Police and Austin Police will be increasing their enforcement of drunk driving with similar procedures in the coming weeks leading up to Labor Day weekend, police said. 

From Friday, Aug. 18 to Sunday, Sept. 3, the Cedar Park and Austin Police Departments will increase patrol presence on local roadways to discourage and monitor for impaired driving violations as part of the ongoing regional Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Initiative. The initiative will cover the peak Labor Day holiday travel period. 

“We encourage everyone to make the most of the remainder of summer by choosing to drive sober or designating a sober driver,” said Cedar Park Assistant Chief Michael Harmon. “It is important to consider the potential consequences of impaired driving including the very real possibility that a driver could end someone else’s life because of their irresponsible decision to get behind the wheel.”

The Austin Police Department will enforce a “No-Refusal” initiative leading up to the Labor Day Holiday. 

As with previous No Refusal initiatives, during these dates there will be detectives available to assist in applying for a blood search warrant in those cases where a suspect under arrest for DWI refuses to provide a voluntary sample of breath or blood.

“No Refusal is not about making as many arrests as we can,” said Lt. Blake Johnson with APD’s Highway Enforcement Unit. “It is about keeping unsafe drivers off Austin roadways and keeping the public safe. No Refusal ensures that we have solid blood alcohol content evidence of every arrest and as such enhances our ability to prosecute people who drive drunk and put others in danger.”

The DWI initiative is an effort to enforce DWI laws, keep the public safe by encouraging drivers to make responsible decisions, and to conduct blood search warrants in those cases when a driver arrested for DWI refuses to give a breath or blood specimen as required by law, police said.