96 arrested on suspicion of impaired driving over long weekend - WKRN News 2

96 arrested on suspicion of impaired driving over holiday weekend


The Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested 96 motorists on suspicion of impaired driving over the long holiday weekend.

The extended holiday weekend ran from Friday, December 28 through Midnight on January 1.

Officials reported two suspects refused to take a breathalyzer test which resulted in warrants for a blood sample under the "No Refusal" law.

The "No Refusal" law allows law enforcement officers to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers.

Authorities said the goal of the new law, which went into effect last July, is to deter impaired driving and reduce the number of fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways.

Preliminary reports indicate that three people were killed in three separate crashes over the holiday weekend. None of the crashes were alcohol related.

Last year, seven people were killed in five accidents during the New Year's Eve period.

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