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6 arrested in no refusal campaign

By Kristin Tribe | Published Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Only six drivers were arrested for driving while intoxicated during Wise County’s no refusal campaign July 3-7.

County Attorney James Stainton said that’s a sign of success.

“I’m very happy. It means people are getting the message,” he said Monday afternoon. “One of these days I hope to have a big, fat zero.”

This is the fifth year Stainton has executed the program over the July 4 holiday, and last year there were also only six arrests. That was a significant drop from 12 in 2011 and 15 in 2010.

If a driver is arrested during the no-refusal period for DWI and won’t willingly provide a blood sample, a warrant will be sought to obtain one so the blood-alcohol concentration can be tested in a lab.

Stainton said they issued only one warrant, and all six arrests were on either July 4 or 5.

“I’m pleasantly optimistic,” he said. “I’m hoping it continues. Maybe just a little at a time, people are getting the message.”

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