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Dozens arrested during 'No Refusal' campaign

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Austin police will be out looking for drunk drivers as they conduct a 'no refusal' period through New Year's Day. Suspected drunk drivers who refuse a breath test will have their blood drawn.

"We expect a large number of intoxicated and impaired drivers," said Sgt. Glen Kreger, with Austin Police Department.

Police are cracking down, making it harder for intoxicated drivers to slip through the cracks.

"Anybody that's arrested throughout the city will have an option to give a breath sample," said Kreger.

If someone refuses a breathalyzer, officers then contact a judge on standby.

"We'll take the probable cause before a judge and the judge will issue a search warrant for a blood draw," said Kreger.

The goal is to deter revelers from driving impaired and to find other alternatives.

Nearly 50 people were arrested in the first 48 hours.

Here's a breakdown of the arrests:

-21 arrests from breath tests

-28 arrests from blood tests

'No refusal' runs through 5 a.m., January 1, 2013.

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