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Austin news: ‘No Refusal’ initiative continues through Fat Tuesday

Austin police held a ‘No Refusal’ initiative this weekend in order to prevent impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel after Mardi Gras celebrations.

According to the Austin-American Statesman, the initiative began on Feb. 17 and will continue through Fat Tuesday on Feb. 21. Additional patrol will run from 9 p.m .to 5 a.m. During a ‘No Refusal’ initiative, a person’s blood can be drawn if they are pulled over and suspected of drunk driving, but they refuse a breathalyzer.

These initiativse are put into place during times of heavy drinking such as holidays and the Super Bowl.  Austin has a very high rate of DWI arrests and last year alone nearly 24 percent of their traffic fatalities involved alcohol.

The Austin employment lawyers of The Melton Law Firm are wishing you and your family and fun and safe Mardi Gras.

Austin celebrates free music events for a week

Last week, the city of Austin celebrated Free Week where local bands played in venues down Red River Street and no covers were charged to enter.

The free lineups kept venues on Red River packed all of last week. Officials involved in the event have stated that this year was the biggest that the event has been. Many venues that have never participated in Free Week participated this year.

Venues including, Antone’s, Mohawk, Frank, Hotel Vegas and Skinny Ballroom all hosted free shows for Austin residents to enjoy. Bands that took advantage of the exposure include, Austin Crooks and A Giant Dog.

The Austin employment lawyers of The Melton Law Firm enjoy supporting local events in the area and making them known to residents. For further details, visit the Austin 360 website today.

Austin Party boat fire linked to arson

A party boat fire that occurred on Lady Bird Lake in Austin after propane heating tanks exploded on the vessel has now been linked to arson.

According to officials with the Austin Fire Department, witnesses said that people were seen leaving the boat after the fire broke out, but police only know of one person that is involved at this time.

The owner of the boat said that he did not know of anyone who would do this. The fire broke out on the 70-foot paddle-wheel boat around 2 p.m on Christmas day. Two smaller boats on the marina were also damaged, but luckily there were no injuries.

The Austin employment lawyers are interested in keeping members of the community in the know.  For more information on this story and others, visit Statesman online today.

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