APD kicks off ‘no refusal’ initiative for ROT Rally weekend
Austin police are set to kick off another no-refusal initiative as hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists come into town for the Annual Republic of Texas Biker Rally.
The ROT Rally is one of the largest biker rallies in the country. Part of the rally is a huge motorcycle parade and party in downtown tonight.
Several roads will be shut down for the parade, including Congress Avenue and a block in each direction from Cesar Chavez up to the State Capitol. The 11-mile motorcycle parade will hit downtown around 8:15 p.m.
New this year is the ROT Tally downtown, presented by Austin 360. It's a family-friendly event that will include motorcycle demo rides, custom bike builders, vintage car and bike show, and of course, live music from Los Lonely Boys, Ruby Jane, and Bright Light Social Hour. All that is going on after the parade wraps up at Congress and Colorado.
Then the fun moves out to the Expo Center for the weekend, with a military bike giveaway, bike show, the Evel Knievel collection, Robbie Knievel, and live music from Dale Watson, Reverend Horton Heat, and Sammy Hagar.
With all of these events and motorcyclists in town, APD reminds everyone about driving safely.
"Austin's gonna be full of bikers this weekend. We want everyone to watch out for them. We want to make sure in the end, we're talking Monday that this was a really successful event," APD Assistant Chief Jason Dusterhoft said.
Law enforcement across the area is stepping up patrols, looking for drunk or aggressive drivers. That runs through Sunday night at 6:00 and APD will institute another no refusal initiative.
Anyone suspected of driving drunk who refuses a breathalyzer will be forced by court order to give a blood or breath sample. The no refusal kicks off tonight at 9 p.m. and ends Sunday morning at 5:00.
TxDOT reminds all drivers to share the road and look twice for motorcycles.
The ROT Rally wraps up Sunday night at the Expo Center.