APD attempts to curb motorcycle accidents with no refusal policy

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by KVUE News

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Posted on June 15, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Updated Saturday, Jun 15 at 9:35 PM

AUSTIN -- Austin Police Department is stepping up patrols this weekend, targeting aggressive and distracted drivers to curb the number of motorcycle accidents. Already, there have at least six motorcycle crashes in Austin since Thursday, at least one of them was deadly.

APD will have more officers out and about this weekend, enforcing a no-refusal policy with drivers. If someone is pulled over for drunk driving and refuses to take a breathalyzer test, police officers will get a warrant to draw blood. The initiative continues until 5 o'clock Sunday morning.

Police say they are trying to reduce the number of alcohol related crashes with the initiative. Already, there have been several. Austin Paramedics have responded to fifteen crashes, including one deadly accident. Austin-Travis County EMS officials say alcohol was a factor in many of them.

One crash took place on I-35 and Highway 290, just before 2'oclock Friday afternoon. A man on a motorcycle was transported to UMC Brackenridge with head injuries after riding into the back of an SUV.

In addition to these accidents, there was a deadly motorcycle crash in Llano as well.

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