“A no-refusal weekend means those suspected of driving while intoxicated will have their blood tested under a search warrant if they refuse to give a breath or blood specimen,” Brumby said.
According to the Texas Motor Vehicle Crash Report of 2011, there were 1,039 people killed in Texas vehicle crashes where drivers were under the influence of alcohol. That is 34.5 percent of the total number of people killed in motor vehicle crashes.
“The leading cause of driving under the influence is people do not make alternative transportation plans before getting behind the wheel,” said Rob Baiamonte, Goliad County Attorney.
Sheriff Brumby said those who are going to drink should designate a driver or spend the night where they are.
“Our goal is not to take people to jail. Our goal is to keep people from ending up in the hospital or morgue,” Brumby said.
The Labor Day “no- refusal” weekend begins Friday, Aug. 31 at 9 p.m. and ends Monday, Sept. 3 at 9 p.m.
The Goliad “no-refusal” weekend is a cooperative effort of Goliad County Constables Michael DeLa Garza and Mike Thompson, Goliad County Judge David Bowman, Justice of the Peace Steve Kennedy, Baiamonte, District Attorney Mike Sheppard, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Goliad County Sheriff’s Office.