Austin police: 202 charged with DWI during overnight hours for SXSW, spring break


Austin police say 202 people were arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated during the department’s “no refusal” initiative that targeted drunken drivers during spring break and the South by Southwest festivals.

The initiative, during which it’s easier for police officers to obtain warrants for blood and breath samples from suspected drunken drivers, began on March 3 and ended Monday morning.

Officers targeted drunken or impaired drivers from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day.

Among those charged, officers arrested 45 people with a previous conviction or a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 or higher on Class A misdemeanor charges. The blood-alcohol limit in Texas is 0.08.

Police also arrested 14 people with two or more previous convictions or child passengers on felony charges.


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