Site will list New Year’s drunk drivers

Note: We expect to begin posting the names of those charged with alcohol-related driving offenses on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Tarrant County revelers charged with driving while intoxicated over the New Year’s weekend will get something extra this holiday season: publicity.

The Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office is planning to publish on its website the names and ages of those who are arrested from 10 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday and subsequently charged with an alcohol-related driving offense.

“It is our sincere hope that this initiative will convince those who are tempted to roll the dice with their safety and the safety of those around them to act responsibly,” said Assistant District Attorney Richard Alpert. “If the financial cost of being charged with a DWI-related crime and the risk of injury or death is not enough, perhaps the effect of having it known by friends and neighbors will be.”

The initiative is one more tool that Tarrant officials are using to try and deter people from driving while intoxicated. During the same time period, a New Year’s “No Refusal” campaign will also be in effect. Numerous Tarrant County police agencies will use search warrants to obtain blood from people who are arrested for driving while intoxicated and refuse a breath or blood test.

“Over the years, we have tried to make it clear to the public that during a “No Refusal” weekend there will be no way to hide the evidence of their intoxication,” Alpert said. “This year, we are adding the promise that they also won’t be able to keep their charges a secret.”

The Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office will host a press conference at 11 a.m. on Thursday on the fourth floor of the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center to discuss the “No Refusal” weekend and its plans to publicize the names of those charged with alcohol-related driving offenses.

- Melody McDonald, Public Information Officer

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