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New Year’s Eve DWI Enforcement Campaign

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With New Year’s Eve tonight, Montgomery County Law Enforcement agencies will continue to conduct increased DWI enforcement from tonight, December 31, 2019 through January 5, 2020. This enforcement will hopefully send a strong message to drivers that driving while intoxicated in Montgomery County will not be tolerated this New Year’s Eve.

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office, in conjunction with both state and local law enforcement agencies, will increase No Refusal Operations and DWI Enforcement throughout Montgomery County. The goal of this initiative is to prevent traffic related crashes and deaths caused by impaired drivers.

During this time period, the District Attorney’s office, through their No Refusal TxDOT Grant, will provide nurses, prosecutors, investigators, and judges to assist law enforcement in obtaining blood evidence in cases were a DWI suspect refuses to provide a scientific sample. The process is simple, but effective: 1) an officer makes a DWI arrest and asks the suspect for a breath or blood sample; 2) if the suspect refuses, the officer then meets with a prosecutor who drafts a search warrant for the suspect’s blood; 3) the warrant is sent to an on-call judge who will review the warrant for probable cause; 4) if probable cause is found, a nurse will then take a sample of the DWI suspect’s blood.

These No Refusal Operations ensure that scientific evidence is obtained in all DWI cases and provides the prosecution with strong evidence of guilt or innocence. Many Montgomery County law enforcement agencies have committed to increasing the number of officers on the streets to catch as many impaired drivers as possible. Some of those participating agencies include:

  • Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
  • Department of Public Safety
  • Splendora Police Department
  • Conroe Police Department
  • Pct. 1 Constable’s Office
  • Pct. 2 Constable’s Office
  • Pct. 3 Constable’s Office
  • Pct. 4 Constable’s Office
  • Pct. 5 Constable’s Office

Andrew James, Vehicular Crimes Chief: “Before you go out to celebrate the end of this year and this decade and the start of a new one, plan how you are going to get home. Plan to take a cab, an Uber, or a Lyft. Plan to have someone stay completely sober to drive. Law Enforcement will be out looking for impaired drivers. There is no excuse to get behind the wheel impaired. If you don’t have a plan, your night of celebration may become a night of tragedy. Drive safe and sober on our roads.”

Source: Michael R. Holley, First Assistant District Attorney, Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office

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