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No refusal, increased patrols for Labor Day

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Over the Labor Day weekend the Austin Police Department will hold a no refusal weekend while state troopers will increase patrols on the roadways to keep drivers safe.

Department of Public Safety troopers will be looking for drunk and aggressive drivers, speeders, and people not wearing their seatbelt.

Additionally, several new laws go into effect on Sunday. One law requires drivers to move over or slow down when they approach a stopped Texas Department of Transportation vehicle with its lights on and not separated from the roadway with a traffic control device. Under current law drivers must do this with tow trucks and emergency vehicles. Failure to do so will result in a $200 fine.

Drivers also must have two license plates on the vehicle or they will face a $200 fine.

However, drivers will now be allowed to use their cell phone to show proof of insurance.

During last year's Labor Day weekend there were nearly 1900 DWI arrests across Texas. About 500 of those arrests were because of the increased patrols.

It is also a no refusal weekend in Austin. Austin Police and troopers will be ready to obtain search warrants for suspected drunk drivers.

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