Fort Bend County to have extra officers on road for Fourth of July weekend

Officers will be able to get warrants on the spot to draw a blood sample from all suspected drunk drivers, even if they refuse

FORT BEND COUNTY - This holiday weekend, officers will be busy making sure everyone is safe on the road and making sure no one is drinking and driving.

"Fort Bend County is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation and there are a lot of fun things to do there," said Warren Diepraam of the Montgomery County district attorney's office.

Diepraam, creator of the No Refusal Program is adding Fort Bend County to the list of counties that will have extra officers on the road this July 4th weekend.

"So if anyone is caught drunk driving during July 4th in Montgomery County, Galveston County, Harris County and Fort Bend County they'll be subject to having their blood drawn," said Diepraam.

Diepraam pushed for the funding of extra officers in Fort Bend County, so more officers can focus on the roads and pull over suspected drunk drivers.

From 8 p.m. Thursday to 4 a.m. Sunday, officers will be able to get search warrants on the spot to draw a blood sample from all suspected drunk drivers, even if they refuse.

"It's pretty important that we continue our DWI driving efforts because we are smack dab in the middle of what's known as the 100th deadliest days of the year when there are more DWI crashes and fatalities," said Diepraam.

The goal is to make sure everyone enjoys the fireworks this July 4th and to make sure everyone makes it home safe.

"We want people to party we want people to have fun. But we don't want them to endanger their lives or somebody else's lives," Diepraam said.

If you drive somewhere and you do end up drinking and dont have a designated driver, AAA Texas says you can call them at 1-800-AAA-HELP and they will tow your car to wherever you need it to go.

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