APD has announced a “No Refusal” Super Bowl, from this Sunday (2/7) at 9 p.m. until Monday (2/8) at 5 a.m. For more (including a little regurgitation of police propaganda), see this Statesman article.
2/9/10 Update. Eighteen people were arrested during No-Refusal Super Bowl Sunday. Ten of those arrested provided breath samples voluntarily, warrants were issued to draw blood from seven people, and one is under investigation. For more, see this Statesman article.
The Statesman reports that the police will be seeking blood warrants tonight for DWI suspects who refuse to provide breath or blood samples. The “no refusal” period is scheduled to begin at 9pm tonight and continue until 5am Friday.
1/2/10 Update. APD made 24 DWI arrests New Year’s Eve. Of those, 5 were blood warrant cases.
From the Statesman:
Between 9 p.m. Thursday and 5 a.m. Friday, 18 DWI suspects provided breath tests, one suspect consented to a blood test and five search warrants were collected for the remaining suspects.
Taking a cab when you’ve been drinking is always smarter than driving but we’re also coming up on a no-refusal weekend. So if your plans for the Fourth include alcohol, you might want to take the time to put this number in your speed dial right now: Yellow Cab Austin (512) 452-9999.
And if you’re familiar with the Mr. Gatti’s jingle , then you have an easy way to remember the number. Just sing the jingle to yourself (“dial 459-2222 and get a Mr. Gatti’s pizza delivered”), then swap the 9’s and 2’s.
I know this is late notice but I just found out about it myself. If you’re free tonight and have any interest in the issue of forced blood draws in Austin, this may be your chance to put in your 2 cents:
Event: Forum with Police Chief Acevedo at City Hall
Date: Monday, March 30, 2009
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: City Council Chambers, City Hall (Austin)
Why: Have Your Voice Heard!! We the People DON’T WANT OUR DNA TAKEN FORCIBLY OR OTHERWISE!
Here’s the link for the more information.