Law enforcement will be out in force to arrest drunk drivers

Law enforcement officials across Cameron County may wear different uniforms, but they all have the same message for residents enjoying July 4: if you drink and drive, you will be arrested.

Law enforcement officials across Cameron County may wear different uniforms, but they all have the same message for residents enjoying July 4: if you drink and drive, you will be arrested.

Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz, Brownsville Police Chief Orlando C. Rodriguez and Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Johnny Hernandez gathered outside the Brownsville Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Monday morning to announce the country’s no refusal policy for suspected drunk drivers.

“Cameron County has seen success with the DWI ‘No Refusal’ program, and it has helped my office prosecute and rehabilitate first time offenders and punish repeat offenders,” Saenz said. “However, there are still families losing loved ones as a result of drunk driving and that needs to stop.”

Rodriguez said that the consequences of drinking and driving can be catastrophic and DWI costs can be in the thousands of dollars.

“There’s no price tag you can put on the cost of a life,” Rodriguez said.

The no refusal policy allows law enforcement to obtain a blood draw search warrant for a suspected drunk driver if they refuse a breathalyzer.

Cameron County instituted a year-round no refusal policy three years ago and since then law enforcement officials have made nearly 3,000 arrests, with 487 DWI arrests already in the first six months of 2018.