Dec. 30– The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a “No Refusal” traffic safety enforcement campaign during the 2014 New Year’s Eve holiday period, beginning at 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 31 and concluding at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 4.
State troopers will perform saturation patrols, seat belt, sobriety and driver’s license checkpoints and bar/tavern checks during the holiday.
The state statute regarding “No Refusal” allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers. The “No Refusal” enforcement will take place in eight counties across the state – one county in each of the eight THP Districts. This campaign is aimed at deterring impaired driving and reducing fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways.
“Our goal is to help ensure safe roadways for citizens traveling to and from Tennessee during the holiday. We must remove impaired drivers from the road in order to accomplish that goal. State troopers will aggressively seek those violators throughout this New Year’s holiday period,” THP Col. Tracy Trott said.
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).