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What to Know before Celebrating This St. Patrick's Day

Coy Clark March 13, 2015

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the biggest parties of the year for North Texans. On Saturday, the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association will host the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Southwest with over 125,000 people crowding the two-mile route down Greenville Avenue.

Following the parade, attendees will make their way to various bars, restaurants, and concerts to join in the fun and drink green beer. However, also amongst the crowds and traffic will be an increased presence of law enforcement.

Starting at 6:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 14th, the Dallas Police Department will conduct a “No-Refusal DWI Initiative.” This will last until 6:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 18th. This means officers will have quick access to search warrants for a blood sample from persons arrested for DWI who refuse to voluntarily give a breath and/or blood sample.

What does this mean for you if you have been pulled over after drinking alcohol?

First, for the safety of your fellow drivers and yourself, you should not drive after drinking alcohol. Call a cab, use Uber, or have a friend volunteer to be the designated driver for you and your friends. 

Secondly, you should know your rights in the event you are pulled over by a police officer who thinks you’ve been drinking. If you are pulled over, turn on the lights in your car, place your hands where the officer can see them, and do not refuse to identify yourself or show the officer your identification.

You should be polite and respectful at all times, but you are not required to answer any questions that an officer asks you about how much you have been drinking, how long you’ve been drinking, or whether you feel intoxicated. Most importantly, you can and should REFUSE TO PERFORM ANY FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS!

Refusal of a field sobriety test will likely mean a trip to jail and possibly having your license suspended, but it also means that you will be giving the officer much less evidence to use against you if you are prosecuted for DWI.

If you are arrested this weekend, make sure you call our office as soon as possible. Our phones are answered 24/7 at (214) 509-7555. 

Have fun, be safe, and keep your kilts on! We can also help you with a public indecency charge should the green beer have you feeling a little too confident.

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