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Austin police will conduct 'No Refusal' initiative throughout ROT Rally

A reminder to all as the Republic of Texas Biker Rally begins Thursday.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Police Department will be enforcing the "No Refusal" initiative as the 2019 Republic of Texas Rally begins Thursday night. 

"There's nothing like it," said Mike Huff, who has been a biker for more than 15 years. "It's therapy for a lot of people and a way to have a good time."

The ROT Biker Rally will bring a vast amount of motorcycle riders into town just like Huff. Vendors and music performances will happen at the Travis County Expo Center all weekend.

"Safety is the No. 1 consideration for me because I have a family and I want to stay safe," said Huff.


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In an effort to enforce DWI laws and keep the public safe, the APD will enforce the initiative each night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m until June 16. 

"Remember to be patient and look twice," said Officer Destiny Silva. "A pedestrian and motorcycle could be harder to see from your vehicle, so expect that."

No refusal means if you are suspected of drunk driving, if you refuse to get a breath test, officers will get a warrant to take a blood sample.


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