Labor Day Reminders
All the info you need to know on buses, animals, and DWIs this weekend
By Monica Riese, 9:06AM, Fri. Aug. 31, 2012
You know about the bank and post office closures. You probably figured out grocery store hours when you picked up barbecue supplies earlier this week. But you might have missed the memo on bus service, animal adoptions, and the Austin Police Department's no-refusal policy in effect this weekend.
Capital Metro is running its routes on a Sunday schedule on Labor Day, which means fewer pickups and less late-night coverage. Need help with a route? The GO Line (474-1200) will be staffed from 8am-5pm Monday, or you can map a route online at www.capmetro.org.
In addition, note that there will be no MetroRail or UT shuttle service on Labor Day.
Austin Animal Center
The local animal shelter is waiving all adoption fees this Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 1-3), in an effort to reduce overcrowding and maintain its record as a no-kill facility – which means a 90% save rate. After a busy August of intakes, the AAC is trying to remind potential pet owners to act now, helping bridge the gap between the summer and winter holidays.
All animals adopted from the AAC will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and tagged. The main facility (7201 Levander Loop) and the overflow Town Lake Animal Center (1156 W. Cesar Chavez) are open from 11am to 7pm daily. Visit www.austinanimalcenter.org or call 311 for more info.
Austin Police Department
APD will be enforcing no-refusal rules from 9pm today (Friday, Aug. 31) until 5am Tuesday, Sept. 4, in an effort to curb drunken driving. Drivers suspected of DWI who refuse a breathalyzer test will be subjected to a blood test. The department reports that roughly a quarter of last year's traffic fatalities were alcohol-related.
In other news from the police department, note that the Parks and Lake Patrol Unit are prohibiting the use of personal watercraft vehicles on Lake Austin from sunset today until sunrise Tuesday. This includes watercrafts, jet skis, wet bikes, and motorized surfboards; kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards are still perfectly legal.