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"No refusal" enforced during Chilifest weekend

POSTED: Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 5:20pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:55am

COLLEGE STATION -- The 21st annual Chilifest starts tomorrow and as much fun as the event is in Snook, expect to see more police on the roads.

 Chilifest is known for its good music and good food but police tell us that in years past they've had a lot of problems with drunk drivers.

Three years ago, a 21-year-old was killed after leaving Chilifest with a drunk driver so five local law enforement agencies are teaming up for a "no refusal" weekend and even calling in extra state troopers to patrol the area.

Officer Rhonda Seaton says, "You do have an event where a large amount of the people are spending their weekend time drinking and it is out in the country setting so those people will be coming back into town once it ends and when they come back into town they've already been consuming alcohol."

Officer Seaton says if you plan on going to Chilifest and drinking, designate a sober driver or take the free shuttles from the Tejas Center located off Villa Maria Road.

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