No-refusal in effect for New Year’s Eve

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department will enforce a no-refusal initiative New Year’s Eve in an effort to crack down on drunk driving. It will begin at 9 p.m. Wednesday and end at 5 a.m. New Year’s Day.

The initiative means police will be able to get a blood sample from anyone who refuses to give a breath or blood specimen.

To help give party-goers another option to get around, Capitol Metro will offer free rides after 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and MetroRail will have late service.

If you’re taking Uber, make sure you’re aware of the company’s “surge” pricing. During peak time on New Year’s Eve, surge pricing will automatically go into effect to encourage more drivers to get out on the road. As demand goes down and more cars free up, the rates will go back to normal. Between 6 p.m. on December 31 and 6 a.m. on January 1, Uber is also donating $1 of every ride nationwide to MADD when users enter the promo code MADDNYE.

Austin police and more than 20 other area law enforcement agencies are also targeting dangerous drivers as part of their Home for the Holidays Traffic Safety Initiative. The program started at Thanksgiving and runs through New Year’s Day.

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