Upcoming Labor Day weekend will be a ‘No Refusal Weekend’ in Fort Bend
Law enforcement agencies in Fort Bend County this weekend will be looking for drivers who are impaired by alcohol or other substances in a “No Refusal Weekend.”
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office will serve as the Command Post this year, and the event will be carried out Aug. 29-31.
The objective for the weekend is to enhance patrols on Fort Bend County roadways in search of criminals and intoxicated drivers.
When intoxicated drivers are encountered and refuse a breath test or to give a blood specimen, Assistant District Attorneys with the Fort Bend DA’s Office will be on standby to handle the paperwork necessary to allow local judges to issue search warrants for blood from drivers who have shown sufficient evidence of their intoxication.
After the warrants are obtained, the violators will be taken to the Command Post where nurses will be available to draw blood. The violators also may be taken to OakBend Medical Center in Richmond or to Methodist Hospital – Sugar Land.
As many as nine Assistant District Attorneys will be working this weekend along with a bolstered law enforcement contingent working the roads in Fort Bend County.
“Labor Day is a time to honor those who have strengthened our nation’s ideals, economy and democracy – the American worker,” said District Attorney John Healey. “We should enjoy our families and celebrate our nation; but let’s not cheapen the idea of freedom by selfishly putting our families and neighbors at risk. Please drink responsibly and drive safely this holiday weekend.”
During the busy Labor Day weekend, law enforcement units also will be keeping a close eye on traffic issues, which are normally heavier during holiday weekends.
“The ‘No Refusal Weekend’ has been successful in the past and we believe through the participation of so many agencies this year we will provide safer roadways for citizens in Fort Bend County,” said Enforcement Major James Hines of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.
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