R.O.T. weekend begins tonight; so does No Refusal.

Bikers kicked off the ROT Rally Sunday (Frank Martinez / KXAN)
Bikers kicked off the ROT Rally Sunday (Frank Martinez / KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – This weekend will be a No Refusal weekend in Austin as Austin Police and officers from 21 different agencies come together in a safety initiative geared toward the Republic of Texas Biker Rally.

An Arrive Alive Central Texas initiative, a collaborative traffic safety enforcement effort, will also be held to increase safety on area roadways. The goal is for no ROT Rally related traffic fatalities. That’s a goal they met in 2013.

“We want to make sure every motorist, not just motorcyclists, but every motorist is paying attention, looking both ways and sharing the roadway,” said Lt. Robert Richman with the Austin Police Department.

Lt. Richman also warns APD will crack down on aggressive driving.

There were 254 crashes in Austin resulting in 54 injuries and three deaths during the 2013 R.O.T. Rally weekend.

“Most of our fatalities are impairment or speed related,” said Lt. Richman. “We want focus on those factors.”

A no-refusal weekend means police will get the search warrants necessary to immediately test the blood of drivers suspected of DWI and have refused to give blood or breath samples. The no-refusal weekend runs from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Sunday.

APD says there will also be extra officers in the 6th Street Entertainment District and out at the Travis County Expo Center.

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