Sunday’s Wall Street Journal highlighted the Texas No-Refusal Program and centered most of it on Montgomery County. Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney,, Warren Diepraam is quoted in the article as saying, "With no refusal, you don’t have to go tromp down to the police station and then to a judge’s house and then to a hospital, because you have everyone in one central location.” This talking about having judges on hand to sign search warrants to draw blood on suspected drunk drivers.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, Texas had the most people killed in alcohol-impaired crashes.
With Warren Diepraam in Washington D.C.a year ago, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a national "no refusal" initiative, offering to provide states help to implement the policy.
As of this writing Montgomery County has booked twenty-five DWI cases this weekend. Fourteen were first time, 3 were second and 6 were third time or more. One had a blood alcohol over .15 and one had an open container.
Montgomery County Police Reporter supplied the photos for their story.