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St. Louis enters third year of DUI "no refusal zone"

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Officials in Illinois and Missouri are offering their annual reminder to not drink and drive this holiday weekend.

In the city of St. Louis, things are a little different.

St. Louis is a "no refusal zone," which impacts the options of those pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving.

In other parts of the state, if a driver is pulled over, they can refuse to take a breathalyzer test.

If a motorist refuses to blow in the city, things don’t stop there.

"Under a no refusal zone, we have a procedure set in place now,” explained St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce. “An on-call attorney, an on-call judge, a warrant to get blood sample from the individual who refused the breathalyzer."

Even if the driver refuses to blow their blood alcohol level can be tested.

The city started the "no refusal zone" in 2013.

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