Halloween weekend 'No Refusal' initiative to catch drunk drivers

It's Halloween weekend and Austin police are stepping up enforcement to catch drunk drivers. A No Refusal initiative runs all weekend.

Starting at 9 p.m. on 10/28, police will conduct blood search warrants on drivers believed to be intoxicated and on those who refuse to give a breath or blood sample.

The initiative will run nightly from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. on November 1.

It's APD's effort to find drunk and impaired drivers and get them off Austin roads. Each year, police arrest a high number of people during Halloween weekend. In 2015, 41 people were taken into custody.

If you plan to drink you're asked to get a designated driver or here are some other ways to get you home safely:

  • Take a cab or rideshare
  • Catch a bus or MetroRail
  • Call a friend to come get you
  • Stay where you are for the night

For more on finding a safe way home, head to soberrides.org.

CapMetro is extending some of its services this weekend. To see which buses and trains will be running when you can head to capmetro.org.

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