The Fourth of July holiday generally sees a large increase in drivers on the road as people make their way to the lake, or the fireworks show, or wherever else they want to celebrate Independence Day. Knowing that drivers are out in larger numbers, Texas law enforcement agencies often make a point of stepping up their presence in general and their efforts to catch suspected drunk drivers in particular. This year is no different, as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports:
“Citizens can expect to see more police presence out on the roadways during the upcoming Independence Day holidays thanks to grant funding from the Texas Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Program. The additional funding will pay overtime salaries for officers to conduct Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) activities including DWI enforcement as well as speed compliance.”
In addition to the increased presence of police and state troopers, we will certainly see North Texas law enforcement agencies tout “no refusal” periods around the holiday weekend. During these times, judges will be on-call to receive requests for search warrants to compel blood draws from drivers suspected of DWI. The Star-Telegram reports that the STEP DWI enforcement program will be taking place between June 24th through July 5th.
These periods of increased DWI enforcement are now a routine part of the holidays in Texas. If you have been arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated in Tarrant County, you need to speak with a Fort Worth DWI Attorney. At Blake & Blake LLP, we have handled many Fort Worth DWI cases and have also represented clients accused of DWI in surrounding counties. We know how to help you. And remember, if you have been charged with DWI you only have 15 days to request an ALR hearing or else your drivers’ license will be automatically suspended.