The Austin Police Department is launching another No Refusal Initiative this weekend as it expects more people to be out celebrating Mardi Gras. Police remind drivers to find a safe ride home if they plan to drink.
The initiative starts on February 9th at 10 p.m. and runs through February 12th at 5 a.m.
Anyone suspected of driving drunk and who refuses a breathalyzer will be forced by court order to provide a blood or breath sample.
Police also held a No Refusal for Super Bowl weekend.
APD has been working to expand the initiative to all weekends in the hopes that fewer people drink and drive. Officers say even a few drinks can impair your driving.
Police say the best thing to do is have a designated driver but remind people there are plenty of options for you to get home safe. That includes public transportation, taking a cab or calling a ride sharing service.