Labor Day in Houston - Another "No Refusal" Weekend

Another holiday weekend brings out the cops and their "No Refusal" policies.  The Houston Police Department has announced that they will once again start sticking needles in the arms of citizens for misdemeanor DWI offenses.

So what does it take for you to be strapped down against your will and have a needle stuck in your arm?  As it turns out, not a lot.  The police pull you over, smell alcohol and claim you are intoxicated.  They fill out a few forms, ask a Judge to sign a warrant (according to those that have checked, no warrant has been refused) and you are strapped into a chair with a needle stuck into your vein.

So how do you avoid the needle stick?  Don't drive while intoxicated.

By the way, you will not be in a hospital for this invasion procedure.  Instead, you will be in the "bat van" - a van they drive around the city and park.  All the other DWI suspects that refuse a breath test will be brought to the same site.  In our experience, the "bat van" has its own issues with cleanliness.

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