NASHVILLE, TN (WRCB) -- The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced the results from the state's first-ever "No Refusal" DUI enforcement effort which took place in five counties over the July Fourth holiday period.
The "No Refusal" enforcement period started at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 3, and ran through midnight, Sunday, July 8. This special enforcement was effective in selected counties where impaired driving and fatal crashes have increased this year, specifically, Anderson, Bradley, Davidson, Maury and Warren Counties.
State and local officials conducted sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols in those counties as well as in other parts of the state.
Eight people were arrested for DUI as during the "No Refusal" enforcement period in Bradley County, and no one attempted to refuse a blood test.
The "No Refusal" law, enacted this year by the General Assembly, allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers. Previously, a suspected impaired driver could refuse a blood alcohol content test and face charges of violating the implied consent law.
This new law enables law enforcement to legally obtain blood samples by working with prosecutors and judges throughout the state during the warrant acquisition process.
The campaign was a coordinated effort by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Governor's Highway Safety Office (GHSO), local district attorneys, and various local and state law enforcement agencies.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:16 AM EDT2013-05-21 09:16:37 GMT
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