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AUSTIN -- The Austin Police Department made 86 arrests over the Labor Day weekend "No Refusal" initiative.

Austin police said 40 suspected drunk drivers were arrested using a breath test, 43 were tested using a blood search warrant and four people consented to a blood draw. One person was arrested on a DUI minor charge. Thirteen of these arrests took place during daytime, police said.

Police said two of the people arrested had a blood alcohol content of .24 or higher using a breathalyzer test. More than half of everyone arrested had a blood alcohol content higher than .15, according to breath tests. The legal limit is .08. Blood test results are still being processed.

No one was arrested for boating under the influence, police said.

Fourteen law enforcement agencies across Central Texas worked together on the initiative. During last year's Labor Day initiative, they made more than 100 arrests.

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Officers set up the Breathe Alcohol Test Bus, also known as the BAT Bus, near 15th Street and Lamar Boulevard. Police administered breathalyzer tests in the BAT Bus. If anyone arrested for DWI refused the breathalyzer, they were taken to the jail for a blood sample.

Many are celebrated Labor Day weekend with a trip to Austin's famous Sixth Street.

"We're playing it safe," said Sixth Street visitor John Garrison.

For those who weren't, Austin police sent out a reminder.

"When you decide to drink and drive there are consequences that can occur," said APD DWI Detective Michael Jennings. "We're out there and we're definitely looking and we're going to do everything we can to prosecute that case if you are arrested for DWI and get as much evidence as we can."

"I think that's a good thing because anything to keep the roads safe and folks using poor judgment, I think it's a good idea," Garrison said.

A first time DWI offender could face up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. If anyone is arrested with blood alcohol level is more than .15, it could be a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

This summer KVUE launched an awareness campaign called Drive Alive Austin with the goal of making people aware of the deadly consequences of driving drunk. Go here for more information.

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