Law enforcement enforcing responsible driving with "No Refusal" weekend

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Labor Day brings more traffic out on the roadway. So, law enforcement is out patrolling, making sure every driver is being responsible with the "No Refusal" crack-down.

"We know that 4th of July definitely has been one of our deadliest holidays, but Labor Day can rank up there pretty close, according to how many people do get out and about," said Lufkin DPS Spokesman, Greg Sanches.

Sanches, says 92 people on average die each day in a car accident. In Texas, one person dies every three hours in a crash. Besides the risk of accident, Nacogdoches Police sergeant, Greg Sowell, reminds drivers that DWI's can be costly and consequential.

"Aside from the criminal charges, a person is convicted of a DWI, they have trouble with driver's license suspensions, trouble with driver's license surcharges, and insurance rates go through the ceiling. You've seen the signs out here that says you can't afford it. That's about the way it is," said Sgt. Greg Sowell of the Nacogdoches Police Department

Angelina and Nacogdoches counties are stopping all traffic violators and those whose driving appears to be impaired.

If the driver refuses a breathalyzer, officers obtain a warrant for a blood sample through the county judge.

"A spike in the number of dangerous drivers on the road during holiday weekends, and that's why we partner with the law enforcement," said Nacogdoches County Attorney, John Fleming.

Saturday morning, Nacogdoches reported 6 DWI arrests since "No Refusal" began Thursday night.

"It encourages me that we have law enforcement out in force so that we can take dangerous drivers off the road," said Fleming.

Law enforcement has been called in high volume to continue the "No Refusal" policy through Monday night.

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