In an effort to minimize traffic accidents and fatalities this holiday season, the Austin Police Department will activate its No Refusal policy every night from Dec. 14-Jan. 1.

What you need to know

No Refusal allows APD officers to electronically request a search warrant for a blood sample of anyone who refuses a breathalyzer or blood test and is suspected of driving while intoxicated.

The why

The announcement follows October 2023 data from Vision Zero—a city initiative to end traffic fatalities—that revealed drug and alcohol use is found in most pedestrian, passenger, driver, motorcyclist and micromobility fatalities. About 77% of fatal crash victims analyzed by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office between 2018-22 had either a blood alcohol content above 0.08 or positive results for a drug test.

What else?

The Austin Transportation and Public Works Department’s Know Before You Go, Get Home Safe webpage has resources on what bus routes, pedicabs and rideshare options are available to help residents get home safe after a night out.