THP to enforce 'no refusal' law during New Year's holiday
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is setting a new campaign in motion during the New Year's Eve holiday period.
The "no refusal" enforcement campaign is an effort to decrease impaired driving and fatal crashes.
The new law allows officers to seek search warrants for blood samples when they suspect a driver to be impaired.
The campaign will be conducted in the following counties: Sevier, Grundy, Wilson, Tipton, Washington, Putnam, Maury and Benton.
"We will be out in force to help protect the motoring public during this festive holiday. It is our hope that citizens celebrate responsibly and don't get behind the wheel after drinking. Drunk driving is the worst mistake you can ever make," said THP Colonel Tracy Trott said.
The enforcement will begin on Monday at 6 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday.
According to THP, nine people were killed in eight fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways during last year's 78-hour New Year's Eve holiday period. That is an increase to the 2011-2012 New Year's holiday where six fatalities occurred on roadways during that period.
THP will conduct saturation patrols, seat belt, sobriety and driver's license checkpoints as well as bar and tavern checks during the holiday.