Before You Take Your Three-Day Weekend, Dallas Police Dept. Wants to Remind You ...
The Unfair Park in-box has been filling up with reminders from DPD in advance of the July 4 weekend, chief among them that by-now familiar heads-up concerning the department's long-standing No-Refusal DWI Initiative. Which is to say: Beginning tonight at 6, if you're pulled over from driving while intoxicated and you say unh-unh-no-thanks to the officer who wants to snag a breath or blood sample, "the arresting officer will secure a search warrant and direct health care professionals to obtain a blood sample and have it forwarded to the District Attorney's office for filing," according to the release that just went out. You need a reminder how this works, I refer you to our cover story on this very subject. I like to think of it as the Butterfly Needle Effect.
Curiously, it's not a 24/7 thing: According to DPD, the No-Refusal DWI Initiative is only in effect "Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night (July 2-4, 2010) from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., each night." You'd think it would at least run through 6:13 in the morning.
And, of course, there's this: DPD and Dallas Fire-Rescue will be patrolling neighborhoods throughout the weekend on the lookout for "violators of illegal fireworks." If you're just holding a Golden Lotus Shell in plain sight, DPD will swap 'em out for a citation -- and, so's you know, the fine for using and/or just possessing illegal fireworks runs up to $2,000. Also, please don't shoot your guns in the air like you just don't care. Because DPD does. In my Northwest Dallas neighborhood, though, we call this "Tuesday."
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Observer's biggest stories.