Houston has implemented a "no refusal" weekend policy that enables officers to obtain warrants to draw blood from those suspected drinking drivers he refused to take a breath test.
The no refusal policy has been a very effective tool in combating drunk driving and helping to prevent drunk driving accidents in the Houston area.
Over 13,000 arrests were reported in Harris County area in 2010. While that number is slightly lower than in 2009 it is still the highest of a major metropolitan area and efforts are being made to reduce that number substantially.
With an area of a high incidence of DWI arrests also comes the huge problem of Houston drunk driving accidents and a number of the victims have been the officers themselves recently.
It is my hope that a sustained education program will help to reduce drunk driving accidents particularly with younger people.