Representatives from dozens of law enforcement agencies in the Burnet County area say April 1 will be a new day when it comes to cracking down on those driving while intoxicated in their county.
Starting next week, a mandatory blood draw will get processed faster due to new procedures.
The new system is supported by a broad coalition called the Burnet County Blood Alcohol Taskforce.
"It had been going on at the hospitals, the attention that we're going to put into this program, it's going to draw that program into our jail," said Burnet County attorney Eduardo Arredondo.
The blood draws will be done at Burnet County Jail instead of taxing the resources of local hospitals for evidentiary blood draws.
Arredondo said every minute counts especially when approximately 175 yearly arrests are often picked up in all corners of the county.
"Alcohol evidence does go through a body and gets processed so you lose that evidence, so time is of the essence," added Arredondo. "So, being able to do this process at the jail in the most efficient manner is to everybodys benefit."
The initiative isn't just targeting the roadways.
The Lower Colorado River Authority, Texas Parks and Wildlife and several other agencies will will be monitoring boaters on the upper Highland Lakes as well.
"It's a very dangerous situation, in some aspects even more dangerous than driving while intoxicated," said Henry Minton, a Sergeant with the LCRA. "Getting rescuers to you is a lot more difficult when you're out in the wate r."
Each blood draw costs $90, but that cost will be covered by county funds and the arresting agency.
Currently, there is enough money to operate the initiative for the rest of this year, but not enough for 2014. The task force hopes the public will notice the benefits and chip in with donations of their own to keep their task force and drivers alive.
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