This Weekend, Saying No to a Breathalyzer Means Saying Yes to a Jail Visit
Today is St. Patrick's Day. And, since St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday, chances are many people will make this St. Patrick's Weekend. Since St. Patrick's Day/Weekend is second only to New Year's Eve as a drinking holiday, some will choose poorly and get behind the wheel after a lot of green beer.
First off, don't do that. There are multiple options for the person who chooses wisely to not drink and drive. Designated drivers, taxis, or Uber are far better alternatives. And they're far cheaper than what you'll end up spending on a DUI.
However, if you choose to roll the dice and hit the road after celebrating, you should be aware that the Rockford Police Department, along with other area law enforcement agencies will be looking for you. They're calling it a "No Refusal" weekend. After successfully trying a No Refusal weekend over the 4th of July holiday, law enforcement determined it would be prudent to enact over St. Patrick's weekend as well.
That means if you're pulled over and asked to submit to a breathalyzer test, refusing to do so will result in a trip to the Winnebago County Jail. Once you're there, the State's Attorney's office will get a search warrant for a blood test. Refuse that, and you're looking at potentially being charged with obstruction of justice in addition to any DUI charges.
Save yourself a lot of time, trouble, heartache, and if none of that matters to you--money. Drive sober this weekend, or let someone take you where you need to go.