Tyler Police release New Year's drunk driving report
TYLER - Tyler Police and Smith County law enforcement were on the lookout for drunk drivers over the New Year's weekend.
They took part in what's called a "No-Refusal" campaign. If a suspected drunk driver refused a breath test or blood test, officers could get an immediate search warrant and have blood drawn by a nurse at the Smith County Jail to find out if their blood-alcohol concentration was above the legal limit.
Here are the results of law enforcement's "No-Refusal" campaign between December 30 and January 2:
Total DWI arrests for the No-Refusal campaign for all agencies were 12.
-DPS had 7 DWI arrests during the No Refusal campaign.
-Tyler PD had 5 DWI arrests during the No Refusal campaign.
Total number of refusals for breath/blood specimens was 3.
-DPS had 2 refusals.
-Tyler PD had 1 refusal.
This is a grand total of 12 DWI arrests with 3 (25%) refusals.
Looking at last year’s total number of arrests (15), this year saw a decrease of 20% in the number of DWI arrests.
Lindale PD had a fatality accident during the campaign, on January 1st. It was believed to be alcohol related, but resulted in the death of the suspect; blood results are pending.