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APD Make 37 DWI Arrests Over ROT Rally Weekend

Photo by Caleb Bryant Miller for KUT News

The Austin Police Department held another “No Refusal” weekend on Friday and Saturday nights, meaning officers can request a warrant to draw blood by force if a driver refuses a breathalyzer. It was the first time during the Republic of Texas motorcycle rally that APD implemented the policy. Last year, there were three alcohol-related fatal motorcycle accidents during the ROT Rally.

Here are the numbers from APD:

There were a total of 37 DWI's over the No refusal weekend. Of the 37 DWI's there were 20 blood draws, 16 search warrants,  3 of which were mandatory and 1 consent blood draw.  There were 17 that consented to breath.  Friday: 23 DWI's 11 were blood draws, 9 search warrants, 2 mandatory.  12 consented to breath.  Saturday: 14 DWI's 9 blood draws, 7 search warrants, 1 mandatory,  and 1 consent.  There were 5 that consented to breath.

The last "No Refusal" weekend, over the Memorial Day holiday, APD mademore than 50 arrestsover a three-day period.  Twenty-four peoplewere arrestedduring "No Refusal" on New Year's Eve weekend.

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.
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