Blood-alcohol task force set
April 03, 2013, 7:00 am by Phil Schoch
Burnet County prosecutors and law enforcement agencies are stepping up their battle against driving and boating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol thanks to a new task force.
Starting April 1, Burnet County law enforcement agencies won’t have to transport a person suspected of driving or boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol to an area hospital.
The Burnet County Commissioners Court and participating law enforcement agencies are funding the program so that the only trip suspects will take is to the Burnet County Jail.
The jail will have an on-call, trained phlebotomist ready to handle the blood draws.
Enforcement officers estimate the new system will cut the time for a blood sample form a suspected drunk driver from three hours to one hour, reducing the time arresting officers are off the streets and the water, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department news release stated.
The Burnet County Commissioners Court has agreed to pay $40 of each blood test with the remaining $50 coming from the law enforcement agency. But an anonymous donor has covered the law enforcement portion through September 2013.
Task force officials said they hope private citizens and businesses will help with the program through donations.
Residents and businesses can make donations by sending checks to the Burnet County Blood Alcohol Taskforce, 220 S. Pierce St., Burnet TX 78611.
For more information, contact the Burnet County Attorney’s office at 512.756.5476.
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