The Galveston County District Attorney’s Office and local law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on suspected drunken drivers for Memorial Day weekend with a no-refusal program.

The program will run from Friday through Monday, and will allow officers to seek blood search warrants for drivers suspected of being intoxicated. Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter or higher are considered legally impaired and will be charged with driving while intoxicated, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office.

Convictions for driving while intoxicated can cost an offender up to $17,000 in court costs, bail, insurance increases and other legal fees. In 2013, more than 8,700 serious injuries and 1,022 deaths resulted from alcohol-related crashes in Texas, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The Houston-Galveston Area Council’s DWI Task Force, which includes 17 law enforcement agencies throughout the region, will also be on patrol for the holiday weekend.

 

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