Officials To Step Up Patrols During Holiday Season
The police chiefs of McAllen, Edinburg and Pharr announced their partnership with the Texas Department of Public Safety for an impaired driver operation that starts Friday and is set to run for three weeks. Authorities will get warrants to draw blood from DWI suspects who refuse to take a breathalyzer test during the Christmas season. DPS statistics show there were more than 25,000 alcohol-related crashes in 2012 on Texas roads and one thousand people lost their lives.
Around 40 to 50 patrolmen will be added to the four police agencies and will focus on detecting and apprehending drunken drivers. Police have implemented a no-refusal policy where a judge and medical personnel are on standby to issue warrants for blood samples whenever the test is refused.