Officials in the City of St. Louis are putting impaired drivers on notice.
Beginning Monday, St. Louis is a "No Refusal Zone." That means that police will automatically seek a search warrant allowing blood-alcohol tests for suspected drunk drivers who refuse to take a breath test.
Susan Ryan, a spokesperson for the circuit attorney's office said in a statement that "too many impaired drivers have learned how to game the legal system by refusing to submit to field sobriety tests." Ryan says In St. Louis, the refusal rate is over 50 percent.
Ryan says the ultimate goal of the initiative is to reduce the number of DWI fatalities and injuries.