18 Arrested On DWI Charges Super Bowl Sunday

18 arrested on DWI charges Super Bowl Sunday, police say

By David C. Doolittle

The Austin Police Department’s “No-Refusal” initiative for Super Bowl Sunday netted 18 arrests for DWI, officials said today.

Warrants were issued to draw blood from seven people, 10 people voluntarily provided breath tests, and one is under investigation, officials said.

The initiative was in effect from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. today.

The DWI initiative is an effort to enforce DWI laws, keep the public safe, and to conduct blood search warrants on suspects who refuse to give a breath or blood specimen as required by law, officials said. A high number of DWI arrests are made in Austin each year. Approximately half of last year’s traffic fatalities were alcohol related.