No-refusal initiative in effect for Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

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HOUSTON - Harris County Officials are pushing a DWI no-refusal initiative that will be in place starting at the rodeo cook-off.

"The goal of the no refusal initiative is to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road, to lower the number of DWI related crimes, and of course to save lives," said Harris County District Attorney, Devon Anderson.

Under no-refusal, a search warrant can be issued to draw the blood of any suspected drunk driver who refuses a breathalyzer or to give a blood sample.

Even though the no-refusal law in Harris County is in effect all year round, the initiative is a little different.

"What an initiative allows us to do is have more prosecutors in action so we can take drunk drivers out of action more quickly."

According to officials, Harris County tops the list of counties nationwide with the most DWI related fatalities.

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