"No Refusal Weekend" on Texas roads for holiday weekend

Extra patrols will be on the road thanks to state grant

By Frank Espinoza - News Producer

HOUSTON -  More than 36 million people will be traveling for the long Memorial Day weekend, and police officers across Texas will be targeting drunken drivers to make sure you are safe on the road.

This is a "no refusal weekend" on Texas roads, that means you have to submit to DWI testing if you're pulled over.

One agency that will be putting more officers on the street is the Sugar Land Police Department.

The extra patrols are made possible by funds from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) through a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant.

 "Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is not worth the risk," said Sgt. Daryl Stroud, of SLPD's traffic division.  "You are putting your life and the lives of others on the line."

Convicted first-time DWI offenders face penalties that include fines up to $2,000, six months in jail and loss of driver's licenses for up to a year.

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