District Attorney, Sheriff, cooperating law enforcement agencies increase DWI enforcement for summer season

Conroe, May 24 – Starting Thursday, May 25, 2017, and continuing through September 4, 2017, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office, in conjunction with both state and local law enforcement agencies, will increase No Refusal Operations and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) Enforcement on the roadways of Montgomery County and on Lake Conroe. The goal of this initiative is to prevent boating and traffic related crashes and deaths caused by impaired drivers during the upcoming summer holiday season – the roughly 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day when alcohol and drug related crashes and fatalities are on the rise – i.e. the “Dead Days of Summer.”

During this time period, the District Attorney’s office, through their No Refusal TxDOT Grant, will provide nurses, prosecutors, and investigators at various locations throughout the county and on Lake Conroe to assist law enforcement in obtaining blood evidence in cases were a DWI/BWI suspect refuses to provide a scientific sample. The process is simple, but effective: 1) an officer makes a DWI/BWI arrest and asks the suspect for a breath or blood sample; 2) if the suspect refuses, the officer then meets with a prosecutor who will draft a search warrant for the suspect’s blood; 3) the warrant is sent to an on-call judge who will review the warrant for probable cause; 4) if probable cause is found, a nurse will then take a sample of the DWI/BWI suspect’s blood.

These No Refusal Operations ensure that scientific evidence is obtained in all DWI and BWI cases and provides the prosecution with strong evidence of guilt or innocence. As part of these operations, many Montgomery County law enforcement agencies have committed to increasing the number of officers on the streets and on Lake Conroe to catch as many impaired drivers as possible during this summer period. Some of the participating agencies include:

 

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

Department of Public Safety

Montgomery Police Department

Pct. 1 Constables Office

Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Pct. 3 Constables Office

Conroe Police Department

Magnolia Police Department

Pct. 4 Constables Office

Splendora Police Department

 Tyler Dunman (Special Crimes Bureau Chief): “During the summertime period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, we normally see an increase in boater traffic on Lake Conroe and on the roadways surrounding the Lake and throughout Montgomery County. Unfortunately, with an increase in boating related activities, we will see an increase in those that make the poor, potentially fatal, decision to drive while intoxicated or operate a boat while intoxicated. This year, we are excited to partner with Uber to provide a safe alternative to drinking and driving.”

 

 

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