Police net 17 DWI arrests Super Bowl weekend

FILE - Austin Police patrol car (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Austin Police patrol car (KXAN File Photo)

Austin police wrapped up their No-Refusal initiative with 17 DWI arrests.

The crackdown lasted throughout the weekend, ending at 5 a.m. Monday.

Of those 17 arrests, seven agreed to breath tests and one person consented to a blood draw. Meanwhile, a judge issued search warrants for a blood draw for nine people.

The DWI initiative often happens during major holidays, such as Labor Day weekend and Halloween.

It is an effort to enforce DWI laws, keep the public safe, and to conduct blood search warrants on suspects who refuse to give a breath or blood specimen as required by law.

After approval from the Texas Legislature, the law went into effect Sept. 1, 2011.

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