Mardi Gras No Refusal in effect Tuesday night

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Even though Austin’s Mardi Gras doesn’t compare to its flagship in New Orleans, Austin police still want to make sure people celebrating Fat Tuesday get home safely. That means they will be enforcing a “No Refusal” initiative, beginning Tuesday evening. The No Refusal starts at 9 p.m. and will end at 5 a.m.  Wednesday.

Those found to have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 or above will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a maximum sentence of one year confinement in jail and a $4,000 fine for the first-time offenders. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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