The Republic Of Texas Rally (ROT) in Austin, Texas debuted today June 9, 2011 and will last all weekend. The epicenter of the event is at the Travis County Expo, east of the city but spreads all over the Austin area.
This year, a big warning by the Austin Police Department, It will be a “non refusal” weekend, meaning that Police officers can obtain a court order to take a blood sample on the spot if they suspect a driver is intoxicated. APD officers are working with rally organizers to make sure participants know drinking and driving won’t be tolerated. The no refusal initiative runs between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Thousands of bikes will make the trek from Travis County Expo Center to Congress Avenue Friday night, causing some traffic tie ups and downtown closures. Congress Avenue will be closed from 6 p.m. Friday until 3 a.m. Saturday from Cesar Chavez to 11th Street. Sixth Street will have its regular Friday and Saturday night closures, but they may happen earlier than normal depending on the size of the crowd.