AUSTIN KXAN - Austin police's No Refusal effort to curb drunken driving throughout the Labor Day weekend has already landed 48 people in jail after they were forced to take a breathalyzer or give a blood sample.
- 10 breath
- 15 blood
- 14 warrants
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- 15 blood
- 15 warrants
The Austin Police Department will conduct a no-refusal initiative all weekend Over at the Austin Police Academy, new cadets are also learning how to spot drunk drivers.
It runs until Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 5 a.m.
During this time those who are pulled over and refuse to have a breath or blood sample taken will have a blood search warrant issued.
Those with a blood alcohol concentration of.15 or above will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor which carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Last year during the no-refusal weekend 94 people were charged with DWI - 61 had their blood drawn.
On Friday over at The Austin Police Academy, new cadets took part in a training class to learn how to spot drunk drivers.
More than two dozen volunteers showed up to take part in the training where APD officers serve alcohol and analyze the affects first hand.
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