St. Louis executes first night of "No Refusal Zone" initiative

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by Carlos Otero / KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 1 at 7:17 PM

(KMOV) -- Last night was the first New Years Eve for the "No Refusal Zone" in the city of St. Louis.

St. Louis police say they hope the new initiative will reduce the number of deaths and injuries related to drunk driving.

The new initiative allows officers to immediately apply for a search warrant to draw blood if a suspected drunk driver refuses a Breathalyzer test.

News 4 checked to see if the new policy made a difference. 

Troop C of the Missouri Highway Patrol reported 11 DWI arrests were made after midnight on New Year's Day.

The First DWI arrest was made at 12:18 a.m. Wednesday morning.  The last arrest was made at 7:32 a.m.

Additionally, Troop C worked ten wrecks in that time with six involving injuries.  There were no fatalities. 

In the city of St. Louis, there were reportedly six arrests made for DWI.  Furthermore, two of the suspects arrested refused a breath test which resulted in search warrants being obtained under the new policy.

There were no extra patrols or special operations underway for Troop C for the duration of the New Year's celebration.

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