Drinking and driving is always illegal and life-threatening. The McKinney Police Department will again increase manpower on the streets focused on drinking and driving over the July Fourth holiday weekend. More patrol to keep the streets safe is made possible by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
Officers will participate with Collin County for the “No-Refusal” campaign. Search warrants will be sought to obtain blood samples for drivers being investigated for suspicion of DWI and who refuse to provide a blood or breath specimen. The blood samples will be used for analysis to show the blood alcohol content of suspected drivers.
Several Judges have volunteered to be on-call to review and approve search warrants, and on-call nurses will be available to ensure that blood is drawn in a safe and efficient manner.
“Drunk driving is a huge safety threat, and the tragedies that it causes are preventable. Everyone is encouraged to celebrate our country’s independence safely. Don’t drink and drive. Our patrol officers in McKinney will specifically target drivers who demonstrate behaviors consistent with drinking and driving. Extra measures like this can save lives,” said McKinney Police Department Chief Doug Kowalski.
McKinney police officers urge anyone attending a social event with alcohol during the holidays to designate a sober driver, call someone to pick you up if you have been drinking, or just stay where you are.