PHARR – Surrounded by several law enforcement agencies including municipal, county and state, Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez unveiled the 2018 No Refusal Campaign for Labor Day Weekend.

“This No Refusal weekend sends a message to the residents of Hidalgo County, do not get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while intoxicated,” Rodriguez said. “During this Labor Day weekend every law enforcement agency will go above and beyond to keep our roads, our communities and our residents safe by finding individuals operating a motor vehicle on our roads while intoxicated.”

At the press event Alejandra Rubio spoke of her brother Apolinar, who was killed by a drunk driver who was twice the legal limit and texting and driving.

There is not a moment that goes by that Rubio does not think of her brother.

“Our lives have never been the same since that night,” Alejandra said. “There is a big hole that no one can fill, a drunk driver left her without a dad to see her first steps.”

The crackdown by municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies will run from Thursday Aug. 29 through Monday Sept. 2.

During the crackdown anyone who refuses to provide a breath sample is subject to blood testing at the scene, a medical facility or nearest jail. Magistrates will be on hand to issue search warrants and health care workers will be on stand-by for blood work.

All four Rio Grande Valley counties will participate in the No Refusal weekend. In Cameron County, No Refusal is a year long campaign.