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"No Refusal" enforcement planned by THP for New Year's Eve holiday period

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will hold a traffic safety enforcement campaign during the New Year's Eve holiday period, beginning at 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 31 and concluding at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, January 4.  State troopers will perform saturation patrols, seat belt, sobriety and driver's license checkpoints and bar/tavern checks. 

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

The participating "No Refusal" counties include Roane (Knoxville District); McMinn (Chattanooga District); Rutherford (Nashville District); Shelby (Memphis District); Washington (Fall Branch District); Cumberland (Cookeville District); Maury (Lawrenceburg District); and Hardin (Jackson District).  

In Tennessee, the preliminary number of alcohol-related crashes has decreased 6.2 percent in 2014, compared to this same time period last year.  As of December 19, there have been 6,262 crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers investigated by all Tennessee law enforcement agencies. That is 416 fewer than the 6,678 crashes during those same dates in 2013.

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