DWI task force starts holiday patrol

'No Refusal' in effect year-round

Author: Stephanie Serna, Reporter, sserna@ksat.com
Published On: Dec 14 2011 06:01:09 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 14 2011 06:33:50 PM CST
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SAN ANTONIO -

With the holiday season in full swing, the San Antonio Police Department wants citizens to know that they're ready when it comes to keeping drunk drivers off the streets.

"We'll be out there," said Chief William McManus, with the San Antonio Police Department. "We've done our education piece. We've done our collaboration piece, now comes enforcement. If you drink, just like the sign says 'drink, drive, go to jail.'"

On Wednesday, police met with the District Attorney's office, DPS, restaurant and bar owners, as well as other groups in an effort to keep getting the message out about the dangers of drinking and driving.

And, with "No Refusal" enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the DWI Task Force believes that message is slowly getting out.

"I tell you what I think really pushes this over the top is that No Refusal," said McManus. "That is such a powerful tool to get a conviction in court and hopefully, it will prove to be a major deterrent in people who drink and drive."

The San Antonio Police Department is also getting ready to set up new radar devices at exit ramps to alert them when a wrong way driver is trying to get on the highway.

'It 's a radar type device that will send out an alert that there's a wrong way driver, it will also set off flashing lights to try and track the driver," said McManus.

The new radar device will first send an alert out to Texas Department of Transportation and they will notify the police department about the wrong way driver.

McManus said these device will be set up at three ramps around the city and will be tested sometime in the near future.